The National Assembly resumed its session at the parliament house in Islamabad on Thursday with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair, reported by Radio Pakistan.

At the outset, the house offered fateha for military intelligence officer Colonel Sohail Abid who embraced martyrdom in a gunfight with terrorists in Balochistan on Wednesday and the Palestinian protestors who were martyred by Israeli forces in Gaza.

Soon after fateha, the PTI leader Shireen Mazari pointed lack of quorum and on counting the house was not found in order. On this, the chair temporarily suspended proceedings of the house.

The house has passed all the demands for grants pertaining to different ministries and departments for the next fiscal year.

Today the house passed twenty demands for grants.

These related to Human Rights Division, Industries and Production, Department of Investment Promotion and Supplies, Inter Provincial Coordination, Kashmir Affairs, Law and Justice Division, Narcotics Control, Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Postal Services Division, Pakistan Post Office, Privatization Division, Pakistan Railways, FATA, Statistics Division and Water Resources Division.

No cut motion was moved by the opposition parties on these demands for grants.

Finance Minister Miftah Ismail has moved before the House “The Finance Bill, 2018 to give legal effect to the budgetary proposals for the next fiscal year.

Speaking on the finance bill, Naveed Qamar of PPP strongly opposed the amnesty scheme recently announced by the government. He also criticized the government for increasing the burden of indirect taxes on the common man.