Senate Sitting marked by low attendance


ISLAMABAD: The third sitting of the ongoing 117th Senate session witnessed low attendance of lawmakers on Wednesday as fifteen senators (14%) were present at the start of the sitting and 38 (37%) at the time of adjournment, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

The Chair admitted an adjournment motion moved by PML lawmaker – regarding the proposed conversion of 1,400 acre National Agricultural Research Centre’s land into residential and commercial plots by the CDA – for discussion in any of the upcoming sittings.

PPPP lawmaker moved a motion under Rule 194(1) to extend time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on Railways which was passed by the House.

Chairman, Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication presented report on a Point of Order raised by the leader of the Opposition on May 19, 2015 regarding selling of fake academic degrees and diploma by the “AXACT”, a Pakistani software company.

Chairman Standing Committee on Finance presented report of the Committee on the Credit Bureaus Bill, 2015.

State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs responded a public petition regarding non-installation of Machine Readable Passport System in the Embassy of Pakistan, Manila for Pakistani community residing in Philippines.

The House witnessed presentation of four periodical reports by the relevant ministers on matters referred by the House, related to electricity load shedding, incident of dropping of electricity transmission wire on a passenger bus in Dadu Sindh, and early shutting down of commercial centers or shops.

State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs presented the report on 2nd Biannual Monitoring on the Implementation of National Finance Commission (NFC) Award (January-June, 2014).

The House took up a calling attention notice (CAN) regarding non-provision of funds and other facilities to the National Commission for Human Rights. Another CAN on the agenda regarding ban on the INGO “Save the Children”, was not taken up.

Chairman, Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication presented report on a Point of Order raised by the leader of the Opposition on May 19, 2015 regarding selling of fake academic degrees and diploma by the “AXACT”, a Pakistani software company.

Chairman Standing Committee on Finance presented report of the Committee on the Credit Bureaus Bill, 2015.

State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs presented the report on 2nd Biannual Monitoring on the Implementation of National Finance Commission (NFC) Award (January-June, 2014).

The Chair admitted an adjournment motion of PML lawmaker for discussion which was about proposed conversion of 1400 acre land of National Agricultural Research Centre by the CDA into residential/commercial plots.

The House took up a calling attention notice (CAN) regarding non-provision of funds and other facilities to the National Commission for Human Rights.

Another CAN about ban on the INGO “Save the Children” and subsequent withdrawal of said ban by the Government was not taken up.

Nine out of 34 starred questions appearing on the agenda were taken up. Additionally, the legislators raised 30 supplementary questions.

Order and Institutionalization The lawmakers raised 13 points of order that consumed 32 minutes (15%) of the sitting time.