Punjab Assembly Fails to Address Legislative Business amid Protest

ISLAMABAD, February 9, 2018: The Punjab Assembly could not take up legislative business on Friday, as the lawmakers belonging to the opposition parties agitated against the government on a political issue, observes Free and Fair Election Network.

Following are key observations of the House proceedings during tenth sitting of the 34th session:

Members’ Participation

  • The Punjab Assembly met for an hour and 29 minutes.
  •  The sitting started at 1048 hours against the scheduled time 0900 hours.
  • The Speaker presided over the entire sitting while the Deputy Speaker was not present.
  • The Chief Minister did not attend the sitting.
  • The Leader of the Opposition attended the sitting for 12 minutes.
  • As many as 15 MPAs (4%) were present at outset and 22 (6%) at adjournment of the sitting.
  • Only JI Parliamentary Leader attended the proceedings.
  • As many as four minority lawmakers were present.


  • The House did not take up legislative business while annual activity reports of the Parks and Horticulture Authority for six divisions were not presented.

Representation and Responsiveness

  • As many as nine out of 26 Starred Questions were taken up for answers during the proceedings. The lawmakers also asked 20 supplementary questions.
  • Three adjournment motions on the agenda were kept pending as none of the motion was answered.

 Order and Institutionalization

  • The lawmakers raised seven Points of Order consuming 11 minutes of the proceedings.
  • The Opposition lawmakers started their protest at 1216 hours against the government on a political issue following which the Chair adjourned the House to meet again on Monday at 1400 hours.


  • ‘Orders of the Day’ was available to the legislators, observers and public.
  • Information on Members’ attendance is available on Punjab Assembly’s website.

The daily factsheet is based on direct observation of the Punjab Assembly proceedings conducted by PATTAN Development Organization – a member organization of FAFEN. Errors and omissions are regretted