ISLAMABAD -  The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Monday failed to table the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2017 regarding fresh delimitation of constituencies based on provisional results of 6th population census, in the Senate for lack of required number of members.

The government was set to get the bill passed from the Senate on Monday, but it had to postpone tabling of the bill which was on the agenda of the upper house till Wednesday.

The government has already got the bill passed from the National Assembly with the consensus of all the parliamentary parties.

Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani deferred the bill till Wednesday on the request of Leader of House Raja Zafarul Haq.

On the other hand, a senior leader of the ruling PML-N said Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) which supported the bill in the National Assembly had changed its strategy in the Senate.

“PPP wants give and take on the bill,” he said, while speaking to The Nation on condition of anonymity.

The PML-N leader said the PPP wanted them to support its bill in the National Assembly on Tuesday (today), which said a disqualified person could not head any political party.

The PML-N last month got a bill passed from the parliament, which paved way for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to head the PML-N after disqualification by the apex court in the Panama Papers case.

On the other hand, the PPP members blamed the ruling party for failure to ensure presence of its members in the upper house.

The members of another major opposition party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), did not turn up in the house, apparently because of the meeting convened by Imran Khan at Bani Gala.

Earlier, the Senate was informed that the government was preparing a new drug policy. Winding up discussion on a motion to discuss narcotics control policy, Narcotics Control Minister Salahuddin Tirmizi said a new model hospital for the treatment of drug addicts was being established in Islamabad.

Responding to another motion, Federal Education and Professional Training Minister Balighur Rehman said the government was taking strict measures to control smuggling of spurious drugs in the country. He said spurious medicines worth millions of rupees had been seized across the country.

The house also passed three resolutions. The first resolution recommended the government should take immediate steps to ensure safety and security of all educational, religious and other public places in the Islamabad Capital Territory.

The second resolution urged the government to take effective steps to strengthen police and other security institutions in the federal capital on modern footing.

The third resolution asked the government to establish research institutes to advise the government on different national and international issues.

The Senate also resumed debate on state institutions and their role in the scheme of trichotomy of power.

Taking part in the debate, Senator Gul Bashra advised the political parties of the country to join forces to protect supremacy of the Parliament.

The house also passed “The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2017" moved by Chaudhry Tanvir Khan.

Minister of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal, responding to a point of public importance, said new pipelines were being laid to overcome shortage of gas in Kalat division.

The minister of state said work was in progress on the 34-kilometre-long gas pipeline, which would likely be commissioned next month.

He said rerouting of old Quetta pipeline would also be undertaken to enhance capacity of transportation of gas.

The House was adjourned to meet again on Wednesday.