NA Adopts Pro-Democracy Resolution; PMLN/PPPS walkout

ISLAMABAD, January 16, 2012: The National Assembly during the third sitting adopted a Resolution regarding the supremacy of democracy. A total of six Members – including the PM, the Leader of the Opposition, the parliamentary leaders of ANP and PPPS, and a Member of PMLN and MMAP – spoke on the Resolution for 80 minutes. The PMLN and PPPS Members staged a walkout protesting the Resolution.

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Points of Order consume 71% of sitting time

ISLAMABAD, January 13, 2012: The National Assembly witnessed relatively better attendance of Members during the 2nd sitting of the ongoing session. A total of 141 Legislators were present at the start of the sitting while 212 were there at the end. With the exception of the parliamentary leader of MMAP, all other leaders were present.

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Agenda left unaddressed due to death of MNA and Pir Pagara

ISLAMABAD, January 12, 2012: The National Assembly met for 34 minutes during the first sitting of the 38th session on Thursday, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly proceedings. The House did not take up any formal agenda due to the death of MNA Azeem Daultana (NA-168) and Pir Pagara Syed Shah Mardan Shah-II.

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76% of agenda items left unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, January 10, 2012: Almost 54% of MNAs participated in the 37th Session of the Lower House that left 76% of the agenda items listed on the Orders of the Day unaddressed mainly due to excessive use of Points of Order which consumed a little more than half of the session time.

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All Agenda Items left Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, January 6, 2012: The National Assembly left all the Agenda items that appeared on the Orders of the Day unaddressed during its last sitting of the 37th session. Spread over an hour and 49 minutes, the sitting was marked by low attendance of Members with 72 Legislators present at the start and 125 there when the session prorogued.

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MQM, ANP and PMLN in row over new provinces

ISLAMABAD, January 5, 2012: The National Assembly met for three hours and 55 minutes, its 12th sitting of the ongoing session. Only the parliamentary leaders of the ANP, MQM and NPP attended the proceedings. Just as it was in previous sittings, Members’ attendance remained low. Only 66 Legislators were present at the start while 58 were there when the sitting was adjourned.

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NA Takes up All Agenda Items on Orders of the Day

ISLAMABAD, January 4, 2012: The National Assembly, which met for three hours and 25 minutes on Wednesday, took up all agenda items on the Orders of the Day. Low attendance of Members persisted as 83 Legislators were present at the start of the sitting and 34 when it was adjourned.

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10th Sitting Marked by Unfinished Agenda, MQM-ANP Tussle

ISLAMABAD, January 3, 2012: The National Assembly met for three hours and 50 minutes, its 10th sitting of the ongoing session. Only the parliamentary leaders of the PPPS and NPP attended the proceedings. Just as it was in previous sittings, Members’ attendance remained low. Only 28 Legislators were present at the start while 61 were there when the sitting was adjourned.

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Sitting Marked by Low Attendance, PMLN and MQM Boycott

The PMLN walked out of the House protesting against the load shedding of gas, while the MQM boycotted the sitting over not receiving a satisfactory statement on their Calling Attention Notice regarding the increase up to 14% in the CNG prices.

Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, December 30, 2011: The National Assembly met for an hour and 52 minutes during the eight sitting of the ongoing session. Low Attendance of Members was observed as only 32 Legislators were present at the start and 74 when the sitting was adjourned. Sixteen Points of Order consumed 60% of the total time. However, none of the Points of Order attracted the Chair’s formal ruling.

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