Senate sitting marks by low attendance: FAFEN

Islamabad: Starting 52 minutes late, the 3rd sitting of the 90th session of Senate was marked by low attendance as only 10 senators were present at the outset and 19 at the adjournment, says a press release issued by FAFEN. Senators raised 11 points of order which consumed 58% of the sitting time.

The sitting, which met for an hour and nine minutes, also witnessed two instances of walkouts. The PML-N lawmakers staged a walkout over the issue of target killings in Karachi and a JUIF senator walked of the house over the imposition of Governor rule in Balochistan.

The Investigation for Fair Trial Bill 2012, a bill already passed by the National Assembly, was taken up and sent to the relevant standing committee. A standing committee report about the privilege motion moved by a member was also presented.

The Chairman chaired the entire sitting. The Leader of the House, the Leader of the Opposition and the parliamentary leaders of MQM, PML, ANP, NP and PMLF attended the sitting while the parliamentary leaders of BNPA and JUIF were not present.

Following are some key observations of the parliamentary business: The Senate met for an hour and nine minutes. The sitting started at 1122 hours against the scheduled starting time of 1030 hours, witnessing a delay of 52 minutes. The Chairman chaired the entire sitting. The Deputy Chairman was not present. The Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition attended the sitting.

The parliamentary leaders of MQM, PML, ANP, NP and PMLF attended the sitting while those of BNPA and JUIF were absent. Only 10 senators were present at the start while 19 were there at the time of adjournment. A maximum of 32 senators (31% of the total membership) were present at one point of sitting.

The quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting. However, it was not pointed out by any member. Two of four minority senators attended the sitting. Three senators applied for leave.

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