Sindh Assembly: Debate on Finance Bill Consumes 60% of Sitting

ISLAMABAD, June 17, 2016: The Sindh Assembly consumed major part of sitting in debate on Provincial Budget for Financial Year 2016-17 during 5th sitting of its 25th session on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet.

Following are some key observations of the House proceedings:

Members’ Participation in House Proceedings

  • The Sindh Assembly met for six hours and 23 minutes.
  • The sitting started at 1116 hours against the scheduled time of 1000 hours.
  • The House had a prayer break for 96 minutes.
  • The Speaker presided over the sitting for two hours and 19 minutes while rest of the proceeding was chaired by the Deputy Speaker.
  • The Chief Minister was absent.
  • The Opposition Leader attended the sitting for four hours and five minutes.
  • Finance Minister attended the entire sitting.
  • Twenty-two lawmakers (13%) were present at the start and 35 (21%) at the end of the sitting.
  • The Parliamentary Leaders of PPPP, MQM, PML-F, PML-N, NPP and PTI were present.
  • Six minority members were present.
  • Four members applied for leave.


  • The House adopted a resolution to end unannounced load-shedding in the province.

Representation and Responsiveness

  • Eighteen lawmakers took part in general discussion on Budget consuming three hours and 48 minutes of the proceeding.

Order and Institutionalization

  • Opposition lawmakers protested within the House twice. The first protest was against Chair’s attitude for not allowing a PTI lawmaker to conclude her speech while other protest was reportedly made against objectionable remarks by a PPPP lawmaker.
  • Six Points of Order consumed ten minutes of the proceeding.


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

This daily factsheet is based on direct observation of the Sindh Assembly proceedings conducted by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) – a member organization of FAFEN. Errors and omissions are excepted.