Pak floods cause Parliament to postpone session
Islamabad: An upcoming session of Pakistan`s
parliament has been postponed as lawmakers are busy with
relief operations in areas devastated by the country`s worst
floods in eight decades.
Acting President Farooq H Naek issued the order
postponing the session of the National Assembly or lower house
of parliament yesterday scheduled to begin on August 9.
Naek, who is Chairman of the Senate or upper house of
parliament, is officiating as President as Asif Ali Zardari is
on an official visit to Britain.
An official said the parliamentary session was postponed
because parliamentarians were in their constituencies to
oversee relief operations in the wake of flash floods in most
parts of the country.
A revised schedule to convene the parliamentary session
will be notified later, the official said.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has directed members of
his cabinet to visit flood-hit areas to monitor relief efforts
and help the victims of the deluge.
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