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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Six Senators debate budget

ISLAMABAD, June 11, 2012: Starting 45 minutes late, the seventh sitting of Senate’s 82nd session, which met for an hour and 51 minutes, debated budget amid Senators’ low attendance on Monday. With only eight legislators present at the start and 16 when the sitting was adjourned, a maximum of 32 Senators were observed at any time of the sitting.

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Only two Senators debate budget

ISLAMABAD, June 8, 2012: Senators on Friday showed less interest in debating the budget during the sixth sitting of the Upper House’s 82nd session on Friday. Starting 44 minutes late, the sitting met for an hour and 22 minutes, only two Senators spoke on the Annual Budget Statement.

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Only two Senators debate budget; low attendance

ISLAMABAD, June 6, 2012: Starting 45 minutes late, the fourth sitting of the Senate’s 82nd session, which met for an hour and 27 minutes, witnessed low attendance and a protest by PMLN. Only eight legislators present at the start and 26 when the sitting was adjourned. A maximum of 42 Senators were observed at any time of the sitting.

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Budget debate amid low attendance

ISLAMABAD, June 5, 2012: Starting an hour and seven minutes late, the third sitting of Senate’s 82nd session, which met for an hour and 51 minutes, debated budget amid low attendance by Senators on Tuesday. With only nine legislators present at the start and 26 when the sitting was adjourned, a maximum of 42 Senators were observed at any time of the sitting.

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Leader of the Opposition speaks on budget for 77% of sitting time

ISLAMABAD, June 4, 2012: Starting 45 minutes late, the second sitting of Senate’s 82nd session, which met for three hours and eight minutes, witnessed low attendance by Senators on Monday. With 16 legislators present at the start and 24 when the sitting was adjourned, a maximum of 46 Senators were observed at any time of the sitting.

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Senate sitting lasts 14 minutes as budget presented

ISLAMABAD, June 1, 2012: As the federal budget for 2012-13 was presented in the first sitting of Senate’s 82nd session, PMLN Senators protested on the issue of Supreme Court’s verdict in the contempt case against the Prime Minister. The Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue presented the budgetary proposals.

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Protests, walkouts mar Senate session; consume 34% of time

ISLAMABAD, May 11, 2012: Protests and walkouts by opposition parties and coalition partners interrupting regular proceedings, and low attendance of Senators marked the Senate’s 81st session, leaving 54% of the agenda items listed on the Orders of the Day unaddressed, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) preliminary report on Friday.

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