Bill on new university deferred

ISLAMABAD: Opposition from the PML-N ON Wednesday led to delay in the passage of a bill that seeks establishment of yet another private university in the federal capital.The National Assembly in its previous session had also passed bills for establishment of three private universities in Islamabad.

As the minister for capital administration and development Nazar Muhammad Gondal moved the bill for establishment of the Capital University in Islamabad in private, the PML-N member Zahid raised an objection that a provision is there in the legislation that the government would have no powers to question the resources allocated to the institution.

He further said it was not the first university with this name as a university was already functioning for the last over 15 years. In response the minister the objection raised by the member could be discussed but he said it was a new university and the university as pointed by member is for different purposes. Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza deferred the bill till Thursday (today) asking the minister and the opposition members to sort out the matter.

Meanwhile, the Speaker appreciated the role of the opposition in legislation and other house business saying what the assembly had done during last five years was a big achievement.She also appreciated the House for maximum legislation during its tenure, saying most bills were passed unanimously. “Although the government on the basis of its majority could have got bills passed yet it preferred to create consensus,” she said.

Dr Fehmida Mirza proposed that last three sessions of all the assemblies should start with the National Anthem. “As the assembly is going to complete its five years, I propose that the last three sessions should begin with the National Anthem,” she said.She said that upcoming general elections will be free and fair and nobody should have doubts about their credibility.