Senate: Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

Karachi: Starting 48 minutes late, the seventh sitting of the Senate’s 90th session was marked by low attendance of members.

Only one Senator in the 104-member upper house was present at the outset while 16 were there at the time of adjournment. A maximum of 39 Senators were present at one point of sitting, says a release of FAFEN.

None of the 34 starred questions appearing on the agenda were taken up during Question Hour. A supplementary motion to discuss the performance of Ministry of Water and Power and KESC consumed most of the sitting time.

The Standing Committee on Commerce presented its report on the Trade and Development Organization Bill 2012. Further, an annual report of the Council of Common Interests for the year 2011-2012 was laid before the House.

The Deputy Chairman chaired the entire sitting. The Leader of the House, the Leader of the Opposition and the parliamentary leaders of MQM, ANP, JUIF and NP attended the sitting.

JUIF Senators walked out of the House over imposition of Governor Rule in Balochistan and did not return to attend the rest of the proceedings.