ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly’s one-day session called on Wednesday witnessed allegations of horse-trading for the Senate elections scheduled to be held today.

A FATA legislator, in the session ostensibly summoned to make lawmakers to reach Islamabad to cast votes in Senate polls, raising voice against the issue of horse-trading particularly by some FATA MNAs stressed the need to discourage this practice.

FATA MNA Shahabuddin, on a point of order, raised serious concerns over the issue of horse-trading in Senate elections. “If someone could take action on this menace of horse-trading then it must be stopped,” said Shahabuddin and levelled allegation that six members of Lower House had formed a group to elect their candidates.

“I even don’t consider them members who are selling their conscience... They are doing business on it,” he said raising voice against buying of votes in FATA.

“Eleven MNAs were elected from FATA but the election process for Senate polls is strange as it empowers the six members if they joined hands,” he said adding that remaining five members have no value to bring any change.

“These five members have now a symbolic position as their votes have no value,” he remarked. The FATA lawmaker also suggested that it should be either one vote for each member of FATA in assembly or whole assembly should elect the FATA senators like members of Senate from Islamabad. “Use of money in Senate elections should be discouraged, as it is stigma on polls,” he remarked and announced to walk out from the proceeding.

The house saw another walkout by PPP lawmaker Nawab Yusuf Talpur over the plight of growers in Sindh. “Grower of sugarcane are suffering as they are not getting proper rate of crop. Government should take proper measure on it,” he said.  Replying to question, Federal Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain told the house that the government has finalized the legislation for Halal Food Authority to check the haram ingredients used in edible items in the country.

Responding to call-attention notice, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab said that issue of salaries to the employees of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) would be resolved.

Earlier, MQM raised its voice about increasing incident of target killing incidents in Karachi, asking the government to expose the elements behind these incidents. A report of fiscal policy statement and debt policy statement for the year 2014-15 was also laid in the house.

PML-N MNA Chaudhary Bashir Virk presented a motion to amend the legal practitioners and Bar Council Act, 1973.