South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

The 24th session of the National Assembly of Pakistan was held in September 2010. It continued for three days after commencing on 2nd September 2010. Due to the heavy floods in Pakistan much of the session’s focus remained on the situation arisen due to destruction caused by those devastating floods. This special session was called on the requisition of the opposition party in parliament, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN). The House proceedings began with special prayers for those killed by the floods and the suicide bomb attacks on a Shia procession.

Lawmakers in this session urged the government to launch judicial inquiries into why irrigation officials breached dams at critical locations, which has led to the inundation of major population centers with floodwaters. Continuing their discussion over flood disaster, lawmakers from various political parties reiterated their claim that influential politicians had forced the authorities to breach the embankments, and demanded the culprits be brought to justice.

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