ISLAMABAD – The government tasted a painful sense of humiliation in the Senate on Thursday when it could not put two constitutional amendment bills to vote due to the lack of numerical strength in the House. In all, 70 votes were required to attain a two-thirds majority in the House of 104 members, but the govern fell short of three voters to get passed the two bills – 22nd Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2012, and 23rd Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2012 – regarding dual citizenship of parliamentarians and bureaucrats, respectively. As a result, the government side had to put off the presentation of the twenty-second constitutional (amendment) bill for the want of members for the second time. The bill is aimed at allowing dual citizenship holders to contest general elections, and if passed, it would also render infructuous a Supreme Court judgement that led to the disqualification of as many as 12 dual national lawmakers.The government had agreed to introduce the twenty-third constitutional (amendment) bill to the House on the insistence of one of its allies, Awami National Party, that sought to bar government officers, too, from possessing dual nationality, if it had to cast vote in favour of the PPP-sponsored twenty-second constitutional (amendment) bill. During Thursday’s session, when Senate chairman Nayyer Hussain Bokhari suspended the proceedings for Maghrib prayers for nearly 15 minutes, the government side remained busy trying to assemble senators to survive the vote for the adaptation of the bills. But depressingly, it could only make sure presence of 67 members, when the House reassembled an hour later. A number of Treasury benches lawmakers, including Dr Babar Awan, Gul Mohamamd Lot, Faisal Raza Abidi, Waqar Ahmed Khan, Gulzar Ahmed Khan, Mushahid Hussain Syed, and two members of the Awami National Party were not present in the House at that time. Before the chair prorogued the House, Law Minister Farooq H Naek requested him to defer the agenda items. The Opposition benches, that were ready to strongly oppose the ‘controversial’ 22nd constitutional (amendment) bill, thumped their desks, pleasingly deriding the government’s inability to reach the required numbers before putting the two bills to vote.