LAHORE - Lack of quorum marred the Punjab Assembly’s proceedings on Monday as it failed to take up its legislative business appearing on the order of the day. 

The Assembly remained in session for an hour and 20 minutes only following start of the sitting at 5:05 pm, over three hours behind the scheduled time.  

The joint opposition staged a token walk out from the Assembly for few minutes to press for their demand for immediate resignation of the Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif after his disqualification as Member of the Parliament. Jamat-e-Islami legislator Dr Wasimm Akhtar also walked out from the Assembly in expression of solidarity with sugarcane growers demanding payment of their dues by the mill owners.

The House did not take up “The Punjab (Regularization of Service) Bill 2018” for adoption due to lack of quorum. Likewise, four amendment bills including “The Punjab Sound Systems (Regulation) (Amendment) Ordinance 2018, “The Explosive Substances (Punjab Amendment) Bill 2018”, “The Punjab Witness Protection Bill 2018” and “The Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation (Amendment) Bill 2018” could not be laid in the House for the same reason.

The sitting started with 30 MPAs in the chamber while 35 were present at the time of adjournment.

During the question hour, 12 questions on the departments of Industries, Commerce & Investment, Energy and Women Development were asked and answered. Following the question hour, when the House was about to take up official business, a PTI lawmaker pointed out the lack of quorum which led to adjournment of the House.

Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal ordered ringing of bells for five minutes to call the legislators but they did not oblige the Chair. The House will now meet again on Friday (tomorrow) at 0900 hours.