The first parliamentary year of the 14th Sindh Assembly was marked by heavy treasury-backed legislation amid protests, a lackluster government oversight in the absence of standing committees and lawmakers’ minimal participation during the question hours. A shift in trend was observed compared to the preceding year as lawmakers actively tabled agenda and utilized calling attention notices to question the government.
The Sindh Assembly passed the highest number of government bills (36) compared to all other assemblies, nearly half (20) of which were amendments to existing laws. However, none of the six private member’ bills were passed during the year. PPPP was the only party presiding on government benches with a simple majority of 92 members before MQM left the opposition to join the government in April 2014. Therefore the former had the power to approve its legislation for the most part during the year.
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