Senate Leaves 40 Percent Agenda Unaddressed during 281st Session

ISLAMABAD, September 5, 2018: The House of Federation did not address 40% of its scheduled business during 281st session. The House witnessed change in its leadership following the formation of PTI-led new government at the federal level. Senator Shibli Faraz of the ruling party was notified as the Leader of the House while Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq of PML-N became the Leader of the Opposition.

The House considered 35 (59%) of 59 agenda items appearing on Orders of the Day set for six-sitting session. Of the remaining agenda, 23 items were never taken up while one was dropped due to absence of the concerned lawmaker. Most of the left-over agenda belonged to private lawmakers set for consideration on private members’ day (Monday). Read More >>

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Senate Passes 16 Bills, Makes 156 Recommendations on Finance Bill

ISLAMABAD, May 18, 2018: The Senate passed 14 government bills and two private members’ bills during the 277th session that continued between April 27, 2018 and May 15, 2018.

The session comprising 12 sittings also adopted three resolutions and took up four Calling Attention Notices (CANs). According to FAFEN’s headcounts, on an average, 18 (17%) lawmakers were present at the commencement and 17 (16%) at the adjournment of each sitting. Senate’s official attendance records show an average 64 of (62%) members present during each sitting.

On average, the sittings started four minutes behind the scheduled time while the average duration of each sitting remained two hours and 47 minutes. The Chairman attended ten out of 12 sittings and presided over 79% of the proceedings while the Deputy Chairman attended only two sitting and presided over 21% of the proceedings.

The Leader of the House attended 57% proceedings during 11 sittings while the Leader of the Opposition attended 60% of the proceedings during 10 sittings. The Prime Minister did not attend any of the sittings. According to the Senate’s Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business, 2012, the Prime Minister is required to attend the Prime Minister’s Zero Hour (last half hour of each sitting) at least once in every week when the Senate is in session. Read More >>

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15th Parliamentary Year: Senate Stands for Parliamentary Supremacy, Intra-Institutional Dialogue

15th Parliamentary Year: Senate Stands for Parliamentary Supremacy, Intra-Institutional Dialogue

ISLAMABAD, March 11, 2018: During the fifteenth Parliamentary Year ending in March 11, 2018, the Senate set outstanding benchmarks of punctuality, efficiency and responsiveness, critically intervening in issues of national importance through quality debates and impactful legislation. Under the visionary leadership of the outgoing Chairman Raza Rabbani, the House of Federation contributed towards consolidation of…

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Women MPs Contribute 39% Parliamentary Business during 2017-18

Women MPs Contribute 39% Parliamentary Business during 2017-18

Women legislators attend 67% NA sittings and 64% Senate sittings PML-N’s Kiran Haider remains most regular lawmaker by attending 100 percent NA sittings, while PkMAP’s Gul Bushra attends 92 out of 100 Senate sittings Muddasir Sehar Kamran, Sherry Rehman and Rubina Khalid sponsor highest number of resolutions in Senate Aisha Syed sponsors eight while Shireen…

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Senate Passes Six Bills, Seven Resolutions during 273rd Session

Senate Passes Six Bills, Seven Resolutions during 273rd Session

ISLAMABAD, February 23, 2018: The Senate passed five private members’ bills and a government bill during the 273rd session that continued between February 12, 2018 and February 23, 2018. The session comprising 10 sittings also adopted seven resolutions and took up eight Calling Attention Notices (CANs). With an average of 9% Senators present at the start and 16% at…

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Delimitation Bill Finally Sails Through Senate

Delimitation Bill Finally Sails Through Senate

Eight-sitting session adopts five resolutions, passes four government bills The Senate adopted five resolutions and passed four government bills, including the delimitation bill that provides for reallocation of National Assembly’s seats among the federating units, during its eight-sitting 271st session. The Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017 was passed on December 19, 2017 after getting clearance from…

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Senate Passes Two Bills, Eight Resolutions during 270th Session

Constitutional Amendment on Delimitation Left Unaddressed ISLAMABAD, November 28, 2017: The 270th Session of the Senate was prorogued without considering the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2017. The House passed two bills and eight resolutions during the session. The session, comprising five sittings, continued from November 17, 2017 till November 27, 2017. With an average of 17%…

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269th Senate Session: Six Bills, 16 Resolutions Passed

ISLAMABAD, November 10, 2017: The Senate passed six legislative bills and adopted 16 resolutions during the 269th session that continued between October 23, 2017 and November 10, 2017. The session comprising 15 sittings was the longest session of the ongoing (15th) parliamentary year of the Senate. With an average of 12% Senators present at the…

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Senate Takes Up Heavy Agenda; Rejects US Statements about Pakistan

Passes Right of Access to Information Bill during 266th Session Elections Bill 2017 referred to Committee; Report likely to be presented on Sept 11, 2017 PM holds in-camera briefing on Tethyan Copper Company’s case ISLAMABAD, August 30, 2017: The Senate took up heavy agenda during its 266th session, by passing six bills, adopting nine resolutions and referring 25 bills,…

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Requisitioned Senate Session Debates Important National Issues

84% of Senate time consumed in debates Senators express divergent views on JIT Report ISLAMABAD, July 21, 2017: The House of Federation discussed important national issues during 264th requisitioned session and paid tributes to one of their colleagues who passed away last month, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Session Report on…

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