ISLAMABAD, December 19, 2014: Starting 39 minutes behind schedule, the first sitting of the Senate’s 109th session lasted 13 minutes during which the House unanimously adopted a resolution to condemn the terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar on Tuesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet.
A PPPP senator tabled the resolution which termed the incident as a national tragedy and demanded stern action from the government against militant organizations. The House also offered prayers for the departed souls.
The sitting witnessed low attendance with 21 members (20%) present at the outset and 42 (40%) at the adjournment.
Following are some key observations of the House proceedings:
Members’ Participation in House Proceedings
- The Senate met for 13 minutes.
- The sitting started at 1639 hours against the scheduled time of 1600 hours, witnessing a delay of 39 minutes.
- The Chairman presided over the entire sitting.
- The Leader of the House attended the sitting while the Opposition Leader was absent.
- The Prime Minister did not attend the sitting.
- Twenty-one members (20%) were present at the start and 42 (40%) at the adjournment.
- The parliamentary leaders of ANP, PkMAP, NP, PPPP and PML-N attended the sitting.
- Two minority members were present.
- No member applied for leave
- The House unanimously adopted a resolution tabled by a PPPP senator to condemn the terrorist attack in Peshawar that killed 141 people including 132 children and demanded stern action from the government against militant organizations.
Order and Institutionalization
- No point of order was raised.
- No protests/walkouts/boycotts were witnessed during the sitting.
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This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of FAFEN and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union. This daily factsheet is based on direct observation of the Senate proceedings conducted by PATTAN Development Organization – a member organization of FAFEN. Errors and omissions are regretted.
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