Sindh Assembly: Pre-budget debate continues amid low attendance

Karachi: The Sindh Assembly continued its pre-budget debate on Monday amid low attendance and participation of lawmakers.

The sitting started 66 minutes behind the schedule with 35 lawmakers (21%) present at the start and 58 (35%) at the time of adjournment. However, only 14 members participated in the pre-budget discussion, which took up 62% of the proceedings’ time and was dominated by the opposition parties.

The sitting was entirely chaired by a member of the Panel of Chairpersons in the absence of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker. The Chief Minister was also absent. However, the Opposition Leader and the parliamentary leaders of all political parties attended the sitting.

The Sindh Assembly met for two hours and 57 minutes. The Opposition Leader was present for 36 minutes. 35 members (21%) were present at the start of the sitting. A maximum of 58 (35%) lawmakers were present at the time of adjournment. Four out of nine minority members attended the sitting. Two members applied for leave.

Fourteen lawmakers belonging to MQM, PPPP, PML-F and PML-N participated in the pre-budget discussion for 110 minutes (62% of the proceedings’ time).

The lawmakers raised five points of order that consumed six minutes of the sitting.

The House witnessed multiple protests by PML-F and PML-N lawmakers, who raised their voice against insufficient time for participation in the pre-budget debate.

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