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Floods cause Pakistan to postpone Parliament session

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.

world Updated: Aug 08, 2010 12:13 IST

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 on Saturday 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.