LAHORE - The Punjab Assembly on Friday unanimously passed two bills including the one relating to compulsory education of Holy Quran up to matriculation.

The House witnessed complete chaos following refusal of Law Minister Rana Sannah to tender apology on indecent remarks against female workers of PTI participating in Minar-e-Pakistan rally.

The proceedings started one hour and 15 minutes beyond the scheduled time with Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal in the chair.

The House unanimously passed private bill presented by JI’s Dr Waseem Akhtar- The Punjab Compulsory Teaching of the Holy Quran Bill 2017. The legislation has made teaching of the Holy Quran part of curriculum from Class 1 to matriculation. The House also passed The Punjab Sound Systems (Regulation) (Amendment) Bill 2018 that allow use of four loudspeakers at mosques only for call for prayers, sermon in Arabic during Juma and Eid prayers. These speakers can also be used for reciting Darood Sharif and announcement for missing children or deaths. Hate speeches will not be allowed.

On a point of order, PTI’s Dr Nausheen Hamid drew attention of the House towards indecent remarks of law minister against female political workers. She said that it was decided in the House two days back that explanation would be sought from the law minister for objectionable remarks and he would be asked to tender apology.

Rana Sanaullah said that the Opposition was making hue and cry on one word out of 20 minutes media talk. He said that the talk was outside the assembly and not on floor of the House. He said that he has already taken back words and there was no issue of saying sorry. He said that he would not even utter letter s of sorry. He said that insistence of opposition on apology would take the issue far away.

Opposition leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed said that apology after taking back words would not lower the stature of law minister. He said that thumping desks from treasury on speech of Rana Sanaullah was not a good tradition.

Treasury legislator Rana Muhammad Arshad said that Gulalai and Tyran were also daughters of someone. Treasury legislators started chanting slogans ‘Tyran ko papa do, pirini chor and chor chor’.

\The opposition started raising slogans of shame shame. Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed staged a walkout against attitude of ministers and the treasury benches. Chaudhry Sher Ali and Malik Nadeem Kamran convinced the opposition leader to come back and become a part of the proceedings.

The chair pended questions relating to Higher Education Department due to absence of the Secretary from officials gallery. Questions relating to Agriculture were also pended due to absence of minister and parliamentary secretary.

PTI’s Mian Aslam Iqbal said that secretaries were giving no importance to assembly proceedings which was a big question mark.  On his suggestion, the chair summoned all administrative secretaries to the PA Secretariat on Monday at 1pm for giving explanation.  On completion of agenda, the chair adjourned the session till Monday at 2pm.