ISLAMABAD - National Assembly and Senate would likely witness heated debate today (Monday) when both the houses would resume sessions after two days break.

Sources in PPP informed that they were all prepared to table the bill for creation of Bahawalpur-Southren Punjab province in Upper House of the Parliament to get it passed while the main opposition Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) would oppose it tooth and nail the way they had done it when the bill was discussed in the Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice.

Sources in the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) said that they had also firmed up its strategy against the bill and, besides launching strong protest against its passage, they would also introduce amendments in the proposed bill.

These sources said that PML-N Senators would stress the creation of two provinces instead of one in the light of the resolution adopted by the Punjab Assembly and would contest that the whole exercise being executed by the government lacks legal and constitutional authority.

Meanwhile, the government is considering getting the new provinces amendment passed from the Senate on Tuesday. The ruling alliance has asked all its members to be present in the house.

Sources in the government informed that Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek had secured assurance from MQM lawmakers in the Upper House in support of the new provinces bill. But the number game of PPP and its allies in the Upper House of the Parliament would be sufficient to get the proposed bill passed without the support of the MQM, the sources added.

Meanwhile the bill for enhancement of the seats for minorities in the National Assembly would likely sail through both houses of the Parliament smoothly while the counter-terrorism authority bill do see some tough arguments from the opposition MPs before formal legislation on it.

The Defence Housing Authority Bill would likely be approved by the National Assembly on Monday and as the bill was vetted in the Standing Committee to the satisfaction of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), so the bill would see little resistance from both the houses of the Parliament.

Initially Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) lawmakers in the Parliamentary Committee on Defence had opposed the bill and the matter remained in limbo for well over two years time. Finally the reservations of the PML-N were addressed.

In another development an identical bill giving status of Authority to the Defence Housing Society falling in the revenue limits of Punjab was granted by the Punjab Assembly and on the same lines the same status would be granted to the housing society falling in the limits of Federal Capital.

On the demand of the members, the government is to make a statement in the two houses about handing over of Gwadar Port to a Chinese company.