Covid-19 test report must for entry to PA

Published June 19, 2020
Only PTV will cover budget session. — AFP/File
Only PTV will cover budget session. — AFP/File

PESHAWAR: Lawmakers and employees of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly are required to produce the reports of their Covid-19 tests before participating in the budget session, which is scheduled to be held today (Friday) at 3pm.

Deputy Speaker Mahmood Jan will chair the budget session in the absence of Speaker Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, who recently tested positive for coronavirus.

Speaker Ghani has isolated himself after testing positive.

Deputy Speaker Mahmood Jan told Dawn that the assembly secretariat had received Covid-19 test results of 48 MPAs by Friday afternoon showing eight of them were the virus patients.

He said 20 employees of the assembly secretariat had also been tested positive for coronavirus.

Only PTV will cover budget session

“All MPAs will produce their test results before the start of the budget session,” he said, adding that the entry of lawmakers and employees would be denied if they failed to show their test results.

Mr Jan said media had been barred from covering the session.

He said parliamentary leaders of all political parties during their meeting with the speaker had decided that all MPAs and employees of the secretariat would show their tests otherwise their entry would be banned.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MPA Mian Jamshiduddin Kakakhel had died of the virus, while over one dozen lawmakers have recovered from it.

Meanwhile, the assembly secretariat has issued standard operating procedures for MPAs, staff of the assembly and officials of all departments for participation in the budget session.

According to SOPs, no individual and visitor will be allowed to accompany ministers, advisors, special assistants, parliamentary secretaries and MPAs except drivers.

Only one officer, not below the grade of BPS-19, from departments or attached departments will be required to ensure presence in the designated galleries.

All galleries will be used as part of the assembly chamber keeping in view limited space in the house and ensure social distancing.

Due to a ban on print and electronic media, the PTV will telecast the budget proceedings.

The secretariat staff will not provide entertainment and refreshment to participants all through the budget session.

Published in Dawn, June 19th, 2020

Opinion

Let women be, control the man
Updated 11 Apr 2021

Let women be, control the man

Men need to be educated and then read the riot act. The enforcement of the law must be merciless in such cases.
Twixt torch & tray
11 Apr 2021

Twixt torch & tray

Some may say that the lawyers’ indignation is not without merit.
Behaviour bond
10 Apr 2021

Behaviour bond

States have turned the imitation of repressive laws into an art form...

Editorial

11 Apr 2021

Dissension within PTI

WITH the dust from the PDM’s implosion still not fully settled, the PTI is now faced with growing dissension from...
11 Apr 2021

Power to arrest

A SUPREME Court verdict announced on Thursday spelled out what might be considered a self-evident truth in any...
11 Apr 2021

Unequal vaccine distribution

IT is in times of crisis that we often see the best — or worst — of humanity. In this regard, the pandemic has...
10 Apr 2021

Greater tax burden

THE FBR’s tax target of Rs6tr for the next year under the IMF-mandated fiscal adjustment policies will increase ...
UK travel ban
Updated 10 Apr 2021

UK travel ban

Pakistan continued to allow passengers to arrive without quarantine requirements.
10 Apr 2021

IS in Mozambique

IT was not too long ago when the dreaded shock troops of the self-declared Islamic State group were rampaging ...