Sitting Marked by Ministerial Absence

ISLAMABAD, September 5, 2012: Starting 40 minutes behind schedule, the third sitting of Senate’s 85th session witnessed a 25-minute protest by the ANP, JUIF, PML and MQM Senators. They expressed their reservations over the responses received during the question hour.

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First sitting marked by low attendance of Senators

ISLAMABAD, September 3, 2012: Starting 40 minutes behind schedule, the first sitting of Senate’s 85th session witnessed low attendance of Senators. Only 13 Senators were present at the outset of the sitting while 21 were there when it was adjourned.

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Sitting marked by low attendance of Senators

ISLAMABAD, August 3, 2012: The debate on the law and order in Balochistan was wrapped up in the sixth and the last sitting of Senate’s 84th session, which met for two hours and 54 minutes on Friday. The Interior Minister spoke on the Motion for two hours and 14 minutes.

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Senate debates law and order in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD, August 2, 2012: Starting 40 minutes late, the fifth sitting of Senate’s 84th session, which met for three hours and 57 minutes, debated the law and order in Balochistan for an hour and 41 minutes.

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Senate Takes Notice of “Anomalies” in new Electoral Rolls

ISLAMABAD, August 1, 2012: In the 4th sitting of the Senate’s 84th session on Wednesday, the Chairman Senate formed a Special Committee to review alleged anomalies in the voters’ list. It was formed after a PPPP female Senator on a Point of Order raised the issue of irregularities in the electoral rolls released by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

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Senate: Low Attendance Persists

ISLAMABAD, July 31, 2012: Starting an hour and 15 minutes late, the third sitting of the Senate’s 84th session, which met for two hours and 13 minutes, continued to witness low attendance. Only nine Senators were present at the outset of the sitting while 18 were there at the adjournment.

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Senate: Most of Agenda Items Left Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, July 30, 2012: Starting 30 minutes behind schedule, the second sitting of Senate, which lasted an hour and 22 minutes, witnessed a protest by the government’s coalition partner – ANP – and NP over the power outages.

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Only 21 Senators take part in debate on budget

ISLAMABAD, June 13, 2012: Major political crises including the Prime Minister’s conviction in the contempt case overshadowed the budget debate in the Upper House as only 21 Senators, less than one-fourth of the total membership of 104, spoke on the federal budget 2012-13.

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Senate to present 145 suggestions on budget to NA

ISLAMABAD, June 12, 2012: Starting an hour late, the last sitting of Senate’s 82nd session, which met for an hour and 28 minutes, took up 145 suggestions on budget on Tuesday. Two Senators spoke on the Annual Budget Statement – one each from JUIF and PML – for 50 minutes (57% of sitting time).

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