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NA Leaves 59 Percent Agenda Unaddressed during Sixth Session

  • Assembly Spends 36 Percent Proceedings on Points of Order

ISLAMABAD, December 22, 2018:  The National Assembly did not address around 59 percent of its scheduled business and consumed 36 percent of the proceedings on Points of Order during sixth session that ended on December 21, 2018.

The eight-sitting session’s agenda comprised six government bills, 21 private members’ bills, ten resolutions, 11 motions under Rule 259, two motions for amendments to the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business, nine Calling Attention Notices (CANs) and 173 Starred Questions. The House did not address 14 bills, ten motions, ten resolutions, four CANs while also skipping the Question Hour in three regular sittings. The lawmakers used Points of Order to discuss political issues concerning the actions of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the creation of new provinces.

The Leader of the House (Prime Minister) did not attend any sitting during the session. The Leader of the Opposition was present in every sitting; however, he stayed in the House for 37 percent of the proceedings (three hours and 42 minutes).

The average maximum attendance per sitting was recorded 239 (70 percent) while FAFEN’s headcounts indicate that 65 (19 percent) lawmakers, on an average, were present at the commencement and 87 (25 percent) at the adjournment of each sitting, respectively. The instances of identification of quorum also saw a decline as compared to previous session as only one sitting faced the question of quorum which was found complete on the headcount. On the other hand, a sitting had to be adjourned an another suspended due to lack of quorum during previous session.

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