ISLAMABAD, March 7, 2020: Women parliamentarians continued to be proactive and assertive in their legislative, representative and oversight functions during the past year. Despite being only one-fifth of the current parliament, women sponsored more than one-third of the business, effectively raising citizens’ voices and public interest issues, reveals a report released by the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability- Free and Fair Election Network (TDEA-FAFEN) on the eve of International Women’s Day.Details
78% of Senate time consumed in debates ISLAMABAD, November 15, 2019: The House of Federation discussed unabated lockdown in Srinagar and various national issues including political victimization, ban on media, dissolution of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and economic situation of the country during its 294th session, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in…Details
Treasury, Opposition Come Close to Blows Govt Couldn’t Conclude Debate on Finance Bill ISLAMABAD: The non-traditional conclusion of the budget debate by the treasury benches was the hallmark of 290th Session of the House of Federation that mainly witnessed discussion on the federal budget 2019-20 amid severe criticism by the lawmakers from each side of…Details
69 Lawmakers Participate in the Proceedings ISLAMABAD, May 15, 2019: The Senate addressed 93 percent of its agenda during 288th session with 67 percent lawmakers participating in the proceedings. The House passed five private members’ bills and a government bill during the session that continued between April 25 and May 13, 2019 while it also debated…Details
House Transacts 78 Percent Business, Passes 20 Government and Six Private Members’ Bills ISLAMABAD, March 15, 2019: With the post-election change in its leadership and membership, the Senate struggled during the 16th parliamentary year to maintain the higher standards of productivity and efficiency set during the previous term (2015-18), observers Free and Fair Election Network…Details
ISLAMABAD, March 8, 2019: Women parliamentarians maintained a track record of consistently surpassing reasonable performance expectations during the year 2018-2019 by making remarkable contributions to setting the agenda for parliamentary business, and sustaining spirited deliberations on a range of pressing matters. This has been observed in a report released by Free and Fair Election Network…Details
83% Agenda Addressed during 286th Session One Private Member’s Bill and Five Resolutions Passed Female Lawmakers Surpass Male Counterparts in Discussing Budget ISLAMABAD, February 3, 2019: The Senate addressed 83 percent of its agenda during 286th session held between January 21 and February 1, 2019. However, the participation of lawmakers remained low in debate on the Finance Supplementary (Second Amendment) Bill,…Details
ISLAMABAD, October 10, 2018: The Upper House of Parliament addressed almost three quarters of its scheduled business during its 282ndsession and consumed almost 20 percent of the proceedings in debating the supplementary budget for the year 2018-19. The agenda for 11-sitting session, held between September 18 to October 10, 2018, comprised of 83 interventions, of which 61 (73%) were…Details
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 >>Details
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 >>Details