FAFEN Parliament Monitor: Senate of Pakistan 98th Session October 28 – November 8, 2013

The 98th session of the Senate was marked by a boycott by opposition benches over a dispute with the Interior Minister, low attendance of Senators and ministerial absence as the House left more than three – fourth of the agenda items listed on the Orders of the Day unaddressed. The Senate held 10 sittings, starting from October 28 to November 8, 2013, which lasted 14 hours and 22 minutes. On average, each sitting spanned an hour and 26 minutes, with a delay of 72 minutes.

With the exception of MQM, the opposition benches boycotted the session over the alleged misconduct of the Federal Minister for Interior. The opposition alleged that during one of the question hours, the Interior Minister had provided inaccurate information to the House on the killings in terrorists’ attacks and urged him to withdraw his statement.

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