Points of order consume major part of NA proceedings

ISLAMABAD, April 18, 2022: : The National Assembly consumed major part of the proceedings in points of order and concluded debate on a motion of thanks to the President, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in the Daily Factsheet on Monday.

Following are key observations of the proceedings during the 9th sitting of 41st session:

 Members’ Participation

  • The National Assembly met for three hours and 42 minutes.
  • The sitting started at 01:05 pm against the scheduled time of 12:00 pm.
  • The speaker presided over the entire proceedings.
  • The deputy speaker’s post is lying vacant and the election for this position would be held on April 20, 2022.
  • The leader of the house did not attend the sitting.
  • As many as 80 (23 percent) lawmakers were present at the outset and 14 (four percent) at the adjournment of the sitting.
  • Parliamentary leaders of GDA, PML-N, JWP, BAP and MMAP attended the sitting.
  • Four out of ten minority lawmakers were present.

 Representation and Responsiveness  

  • Moved by a lawmaker belonging to PML-N, the House passed a motion for consideration of private members’ agenda in the next sitting.
  • This House decided to conclude debate on a motion of thanks to the President of Pakistan for his address to Parliament on September 13, 2021 and adopted it.

 Order and Institutionalization

  • As many as 20 lawmakers spoke on points of order (POs) for three hours and 24 minutes consuming 92 percent of the proceedings’ time. These POs were mainly related to economy, energy crisis and political issues.
  • Lawmakers belonging to BNP-M staged walkout from the House at 01:30 pm against the highhandedness of security personnel with protestors in Chaghi. They did not return to the House till adjournment of the sitting.
  • The House was adjourned to meet again on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 02:00 pm.


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