Time consumed on discussion of Policy Issues during 45th session
The quality of the time used during the National Assembly session can be gauged by analyzing the time consumed on discussing key issues of democratic governance. During 45th session, total time consumed for discussion on policy issues spanned over only 1 hour and 32 minutes while the Assembly consumed 14 hours and 27 minutes on discussion of non-policy issues. The maximum time consumed in discussing policy issues was on a bill ‘the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2022’ for 14 minutes while the House spent 4 hours and 11 minutes and 1 hour and 23 minutes on discussing non-policy issues of ‘discussion on the situation arising out of the floods in the country in 2022’ and ‘Law and order situation in Balochistan’ respectively.
It must be noted that PILDAT has classified that a policy issue is such that involves any amendment in a bill or a recommendation on devising a policy. Any discussion on an issue that does not go beyond mere criticism or highlighting a concern does not fall into policy issue and is treated as discussion or time spent on non-policy issues.
Time consumed on Non-Policy discussion during 45th session