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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Senate witnesses two protests by PMLN and PML

ISLAMABAD, May 10, 2012: The eighth sitting of Senate’s 81st session on Wednesday witnessed a walkout by the opposition PMLN over the Prime Minister’s conviction in the contempt case and a protest by a government ally, PML, over power outages and ministerial absence.

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Walkouts by coalition partners and opposition

ISLAMABAD, May 9, 2012: The seventh sitting of Senate’s 81st session, which met for two hours and 17 minutes, witnessed walkouts by the opposition and the coalition partners of the government over the prime minister’s conviction and the provincial autonomy.

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