NA Condemns Quetta Blast; Amends Rules of Procedure

ISLAMABAD, August 9, 2016: The National Assembly adopted a resolution to condemn the terrorist attack in Quetta and amended its Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business on Tuesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet.

Following are some key observations of the proceedings during seventh sitting of the 34th session:

Members’ Participation

  • The National Assembly met for three hours and two minutes.
  • The sitting started at 1033 hours against the scheduled time of 1030 hours.
  • The Speaker presided over the entire sitting while the Deputy Speaker was not present.
  • The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition did not attend the sitting.
  • Four lawmakers (1%) were present at outset while 82 (24%) at adjournment of the sitting.
  • The parliamentary leaders of PPPP, JUI-F, JI, PkMAP, APML, BNP-A, QWP-S and ANP attended the proceedings.
  • Seven minority members were present.


  • Moved by Minister for Law and Justice, the House adopted a resolution condemning the incident of terrorism in Quetta yesterday (Monday).
  • The House adopted a motion to amend Rules 70, 71, 73, 200 and 250 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National assembly. The amended Rules were related to the notice of questions and composition of the standing committees.
  • Representation and Responsiveness
  • Twenty-one lawmakers took part in the discussion on Motion under Rule 259 regarding terrorist attack in Quetta. The discussion continued for two hours and 26 minutes.
  • The House did not take up two Calling Attention Notices appearing on ‘Orders of the Day’.

Order and Institutionalization

  • The lawmakers spoke on three Points of Order consuming as many minutes of the sitting.


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

This daily factsheet is based on direct observation of the National Assembly proceedings conducted by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Errors and omissions are excepted.