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National Assembly adopts four resolutions

Maverick Report

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly adopted four resolutions during the ninth sitting of its fifth session on Thursday.

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The resolutions called for the government to ensure security in Islamabad Capital Territory and control the use of fake SIMs, rising prices of petroleum and loadshedding.

The resolutions were moved by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawmakers.

A resolution regarding manufacturing, import and sale of toy weapons was left unaddressed.

The House took up two calling attention notices on a proposal of Twin Islamabad City Project and the arrest of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilot by the UK police. Both the calling attention notices were addressed to the Cabinet Secretariat.

The speaker chaired the sitting for an hour and 55 minutes and the remaining time was chaired by a member of the panel of chairpersons. The prime minister did not attend the proceedings while the leader of the opposition and the parliamentary leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), Awami National Party (ANP) and PML-Quaid were present. The deputy speaker was absent.

Fifty-seven lawmakers spoke on a motion under Rule 259 on the price hike of agricultural products for 57 minutes.

According to a Factsheet issued by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), the National Assembly met for four hours and 25 minutes while the House took a 40-minute prayer break. The sitting started at 11 a.m. against the scheduled starting time of 10.30 a.m., witnessing a delay of 30 minutes.

Sixty-seven members were present at the outset while 73 were there at the time of adjournment. A maximum of 172 members were present at one point of sitting. Seven minority members attended the sitting while 11 members applied for leave. A PTI lawmaker took oath during the sitting.

The House adopted four resolutions on the orders of the day calling upon the government to ensure security in Islamabad Capital Territory; to control the use of fake SIMs; rising prices of petroleum; and loadshedding of electricity in the country. A resolution regarding manufacturing, import and sale of toy weapons was left unaddressed.

Nine of 30 starred questions on the agenda were taken up and received answers on the floor. Additionally, 25 supplementary questions were also asked.

Members spoke on 15 points of order for 63 minutes. No protest, walkout or boycott was recorded during the sitting.

‘Orders of the Day’ was available to the legislators, observers and others while the information on members’ attendance was not available to observers and the public.

The Daily Factsheet was based on direct observation of the National Assembly proceedings conducted by Center for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI), a member organization of FAFEN.

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