Senate Passes Constitutional Amendment Bill on Military Courts

  • Session Prorogued

ISLAMABAD, March 28, 2017: The Senate passed the Constitutional Amendment Bill relating to the revival of military courts with majority vote, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet on Tuesday.

Seventy-eight members voted in favor of the Constitution (Twenty-eighth Amendment) Bill, 2017 while three PkMAP lawmakers opposed it.

Following are key observations of the House proceedings during 14th (last) sitting of the 260th session:

Members’ Participation

  • The Senate met for two hours and 12 minutes.
  • The sitting started at 1535 hours against the scheduled time of 1500 hours.
  • The Chairman presided over the entire sitting.
  • Deputy Chairman and Prime Minister did not attend the sitting.
  • Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition remained present during the entire sitting.
  • Parliamentary leaders of NP, PPPP, PTI, PML-F, PkMAP, ANP and MQM attended the proceedings.
  • Seventy lawmakers (67% of the total membership – 104) were present at the start and 16 (15%) at the adjournment of sitting.
  • Three minority legislators also attended the proceedings.


  • Introduced by Minister for Law, the House passed the Constitution (Twenty-eighth Amendment) Bill, 2017 relating to the revival of military courts.
  • Minister for Parliamentary Affairs introduced the Illegal Dispossession (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The House referred the bill to the relevant committee for further deliberations.
  • The House witnessed presentation of five reports of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control and one report of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat.

Representation and Responsiveness

  • The House granted extension to two committees for presentation of their reports.
  • The House deferred a motion to adopt the report of Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat regarding performance of Gun and Country Club Islamabad.
  • The House passed a motion to constitute the Parliamentary Committee on National Security.

Order and Institutionalization

  • Fifteen Points of Public Importance were discussed for 32 minutes.


  • Orders of the Day was available to the legislators, observers and public.
  • The attendance of lawmakers is available on the website.

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