Debate on Budget Continues in Sindh Assembly

ISLAMABAD, June 20, 2016: The Sindh Assembly continues general discussion on Provincial Budget for Financial Year 2016-17 during 6th sitting of its 25th session on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

Following are some key observations of the House proceedings:

Members’ Participation in House Proceedings

  • The Sindh Assembly met for five hours and 55 minutes.
  • The sitting started at 1135 hours against the scheduled time of 1000 hours.
  • The Speaker presided over the sitting for four hours and 25 minutes while rest of the proceeding was chaired by the Deputy Speaker.
  • The Chief Minister was absent.
  • The Opposition Leader attended the sitting for 76 minutes.
  • Finance Minister attended the entire sitting.
  • Twenty-two lawmakers (13%) were present at the start and 30 (18%) at the end of the sitting.
  • The Parliamentary Leaders of PPPP, MQM, PML-F, PML-N, NPP and PTI were present.
  • Five minority members were present.
  • Four members applied for leave.

Representation and Responsiveness

  • Twenty five lawmakers – PPPP (15), MQM (6), PML-F (2), and PTI & PML-N (one each) – took part in general discussion on Budget consuming five hours and 30 minutes of the proceeding.

Order and Institutionalization

  • Opposition lawmakers walked out of the House for 26 minutes for not allowing media to cover the proceedings live.
  • PPPP lawmakers protest for one minute against the demand of making new provinces while the protest by MQM lawmakers for four minutes was reportedly made against objectionable remarks by a PPPP lawmaker.
  • Six Points of Order consumed 11 minutes of the proceeding.
  • A PTI lawmaker pointed out quorum at 1504 hours. However it was found complete upon counting.


  • ‘Orders of the Day’ was available to the legislators, observers and public.
  • The attendance of lawmakers was available to observers and media.

This daily factsheet is based on direct observation of the Sindh Assembly proceedings conducted by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) – a member organization of FAFEN. Errors and omissions are excepted.