LAHORE - Suspension of 135 legislators by election commission and lack of interest on the part of eligible caused adjournment of Punjab Assembly session after brief proceedings of less than one hour yesterday.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has suspended 135 MPAs including four ministers Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Bilal Yasin, Iqbal Chanar and Hameeda Waheed-ud-Din and Opposition Leader Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed for not submitting details of assets.

Only three questions could be taken up during Question Hour as two ministers could not come to the House due to suspension.

At the onset of government business, opposition legislator Ahsan Riaz Fatyana pointed out quorum. As the quorum remained incomplete even after ringing bells for five minutes, Deputy Speaker Sardar Sher Ali Gorchani adjourned the session till today.

Earlier, the session started one hour and 47 minutes beyond the scheduled time with Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal in the chair. After few minutes, Rana Iqbal left the chair for the Deputy Speaker who presided over the session till adjournment.

To a question of Dr Nausheen Hamid, Minister for Human Rights Tahir Khalil Sandhu said that some people avoid showing identity as transgender. He said that it was the major hurdle in registration of transgender. So far, he said, the government has registered 2467 transgender.

“The government is taking measures for welfare of registered transgender,” he added.

The question relating to food and cooperative departments could not be taken up as the ECP has suspended membership of ministers and parliamentary secretaries of both the departments.