Balochistan Assembly Witnesses Presentation of Budget 2018-19

ISLAMABAD, May 14, 2018: The Government of Balochistan presented the Budget Statement for year 2018-19 in the Provincial Assembly on Monday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet.

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

 Members’ Participation 

  • The Balochistan Assembly met for an hour and five minutes.
  • The sitting started at 1650 hours against the scheduled time of 1600 hours.
  • The Speaker presided over the sitting for the entire sitting.
  • The Chief Minister and the Opposition Leader attended the entire sitting.
  • As many as 43 lawmakers (66%) were present at the outset and 52 (80%) at the adjournment of sitting.
  • The parliamentary leaders of PkMAP, NP, MWM, ANP, PML and JUI-F were present during the proceedings.
  • Three minority members attended the sitting.


  • The Advisor to Chief Minister on Finance presented the Annual Budget Statement for the year 2018-2019 in the House consuming 56 minutes of the proceedings.

 Order and Institutionalization

  • An NP lawmaker walked out of the House at 1715 hours on his reservation about ignoring his constituency by the government. He did not return to the House till adjournment of sitting.


  • ‘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