Senate: First sitting marked by low attendance

Islamabad: The Senate debated the current political and security situation in the country as low attendance of lawmakers was observed during the first sitting of its 100th session, on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network in its Daily Factsheet based on direct observation of the House.

Only 13 senators were present at the outset and a maximum 31 members at the adjournment of the proceedings. The Leader of the House attended the sitting however his counterpart the Leader of the Opposition was absent, says a FAFEN release.

A single ANP lawmaker spoke for 28 minutes on the Motion under Rule 218 about the current political and security situation in the country with particular reference to Balochistan, FATA and Rawalpindi incident. The motion has been debated in two sittings of the previous session as well.

Three out of eight Starred Questions on the agenda were taken up while lawmakers asked an additional 17 supplementary questions. The questions were posed at the Ministries of Information Technology and Telecommunication; National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination; and Communications. A female PPPP lawmaker moved a privilege motion against the ambassador of Pakistan in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia which was referred to the concerned committee.

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