FAFEN Parliament Monitor: Senate of Pakistan 101st Session February 3 – 17, 2014

Discussion on policy and constitutional matters was the main concern of Senators besides law and order situation as they spent two fifths of the session time criticizing the government on the said issues through debates, says the Free and Fair Election Network in its report based on direct observation of the Senate.

Through two Motions under Rule 218, the government received heavy criticism for its privatization policy and not pursuing Article 148(3) which directs federal government to protect its citizens. Another Motion under Rule 218 of the rules of Procedure of Senate on deteriorating law and order condition was discussed by 36 legislators; a similar issue through the same intervention was also discussed in the last Senate session. Through another motion, lawmakers proposed establishment of a full-fledged Ministry of Capital Administration and Development to deal with the subjects of health and education in the Islamabad Capital Territory as they are not properly handled in the present set up.

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