Fafen: (POs consume 60% of NA sitting

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly left its entire agenda unaddressed as points of order (POs) consumed 60% of the sitting on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

The agenda included two calling attention notices (CANs) regarding the “dubious” bidding process for the contract of Muzaffarabad-Pir Chinasi road and visa free entry for Afghan nationals in Pakistan (and vice versa).

It also included two motions to debate the recent petrol crisis and problems being faced by internally displaced persons (IDPs) besides the presentation of the fiscal policy statement and debt policy statement for the year 2014-15.

Fifty lawmakers (15%) were present at the start of the sitting and 54 (16%) at the time of adjournment. The Prime Minister did not attend the sitting, while the Opposition Leader was present for two hours and 29 minutes.

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