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Chairman Senate summons session to discuss pandemic situation

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani has summoned a session of the Senate on May 12 to discuss pandemic situation.
According to an official notification today, that the session was summoned upon the opposition’s requisition and will be held on 3:00 pm, Thursday.
The chairman senate also presided over a Senate House Business Advisory Committee session today. In the session, it was decided that less staff should be present on the day of the session.
Opposition leader in the Senate Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said that due to the ongoing COVID-19 issue it is not mandatory that all members attend the session at the same time.
Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani said that the session is scheduled at a time when the country is fighting the epidemic, adding that sufficient steps have been taken for the meeting of the lawmakers.
Chairman Senate further said that the steps based on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been put in place inside the Senate hall.
He said that the session will be of not more than two hours, spanning over a week, and it will be ensured that there is no crowd of lawmakers anywhere at the premises or the hall.
Meanwhile, President Arif Alvi has directed that social distancing should be maintained in the upcoming session of the National Assembly amid COVID-19 epidemic.
According to a press statement, during a visit to National Assembly, the President was apprised by Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri and NA officials about the arrangements being made for the session to be held on Monday.
The Deputy Speaker said Senate session had also been requisitioned, adding that the health and safety guidelines against spread of COVID-19 would be followed during the session.
In the briefing, it was informed that the recommendations of the National Assembly Committee on the holding of session during COVID-19 would be implemented.
In line with the recommendations of the committee, additional medical staff would be deployed during the sessions, the statement read.
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