Top Parliamentary performance in 13th National Assembly (March 2008 – January, 2013)

The legislators of the main opposition party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), actively took part in the parliamentary proceedings during the five years in the 13th National Assembly. They sponsored the most agenda items, including oversight over the executive through the Question Hour and Calling Attention Notices, and representation by raising issues of public interest through Matters of Public Importance, Motions under Rule 259, and Resolutions.

However, Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) and Pakistan Muslim League (PML) legislators took lead in legislation, introducing most number of Private Members’ bills.

Moreover, women parliamentarians on reserved seats tabled most number of Questions, Calling Attention Notices, Private Members’ Bills, Resolutions, Motions under Rule 259 and Matters of Public Importance. PMLN legislator Shireen Arshad Khan authored the most 35 Resolutions – 27 individually and eight jointly. Similarly, PMLN’s Nisar Tanveer asked the most number of questions 535 – 322 starred and 213 unstarred during 48 sessions of the 13th National Assembly. She was followed by Shireen Arshad Khan who sponsored 527 Questions. Again Nisar Tanveer raised the most – 30 – Matters of Public Importance while her party colleague Khalida Mansoor topped the list of Motions under Rule 259 by submitting 31 Motions. The Leader of the Opposition, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, raised the most Points of Order 287, followed by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah.

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