Balochistan Assembly Concludes Debate on Provincial Budget 2018-19

  • Leave Application of Advisor to CM on Excise Rejected

ISLAMABAD, May 20, 2018: The Balochistan Assembly on Sunday concluded debate on provincial budget 2018-19, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet.

Following are key observations of the proceedings during sixth sitting of the Assembly’s 52nd session:

 Members’ Participation 

  • The Assembly met for two hours and 13 minutes.
  • The sitting started at 1707 hours against the scheduled time of 1500 hours.
  • The Speaker presided the sitting for an hour and 55 minutes while rests of the proceedings were chaired by a member of Panel of Chairpersons.
  • The Chief Minister attended the entire sitting.
  • The Leader of the Opposition was absent.
  • As many as 22 (34%) lawmakers were present at the commencement and 23 (35%) at the adjournment of the sitting.
  • The parliamentary leaders of JUI-F, MWM and ANP attended the sitting.
  • Only one minority lawmaker was present during the proceedings.
  • The Chair rejected the leave application of Advisor to Chief Minister on Excise & Taxation as the House did not give consent to it.

Representation and Responsiveness

  • As many as seven lawmakers participated in the general discussion on the provincial budget 2018-19 consuming an hour and 41 minutes of the proceedings.
  • Chief Minister winded up debate on the Annual Provincial Budget and spoke for 24 minutes.


  • ‘Orders of the Day’ was not available on the website of the Assembly.
  • Attendance of Members was not made public.

This daily factsheet is based on direct observation of the Balochistan Assembly proceedings conducted by Center for Peace and Development (CPD) – a member organization of FAFEN. Errors and omissions are excepted