How to be an Effective Parliamentarian; a PILDAT Course for Sindh MPAs


Karachi, December 17; A short course on How to be an effective Parliamentarian, focused exclusively on enhancing the capacities of women MPAs of Sindh Assembly, was organized by PILDAT in collaboration with the International Republican Institute (IRI).

Mr. Syed Sajid Ahmed, Automation Administrator – Provincial Assembly of Sindh gave his opening remarks briefing on Rules and Procedures of Provincial Assembly of Sindh.

Addressing the participants, Mr. Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Senator and Former Chief Minister and Former Speaker – Provincial Assembly of Sindh commended the role of PILDAT. He discussed different tools for an effective legislation. He further said an effective legislator should always be well versed with all the policies. He should know his authority & privileges. He emphasized on the legal grip on the assembly rules and procedures.

Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Former MPA / Former Speaker – Provincial Assembly of Sindh appreciated PILDAT on capacity building of Parliamentarians. He said our political system needs focus. He further added that there should be a gender equality. An effective legislator should bring issues of public interest, focus on laws and rules. Accountability is another important tool for an effective legislator. He concluded by saying that a good legislator should always talk with in parliamentary language and avoid confrontation.

Ms. Sharmila Farooqui, Former MPA and Former Advisor to CM Sindh, suggested that more programs like this should be held involving more members. She focused on the important factors for an effective legislation which includes Representation, Legislation and Oversight. She concluded on a suggestion that a legislator should always do homework before every session.

The training concluded with an intense question and answer and discussion session by MPAs. Members of Sindh Assembly who participated in the training included Ms. Ghazala Sial, MPA, Ms. Heer Soho, MPA, Ms. Shamim Mumtaz, MPA, Ms. Adeeba Hassan, MPA, Ms. Sidra Imran, MPA, Ms. Mangla Sharma, MPA, Ms. Naseem Rajpar, MPA, Ms. Nusrat Bano Sehar Abbasi, MPA, Ms.S Shahnaz Begum, MPA, Ms. Tanzila Umi Habiba, MPA, Ms. Shazia Karim, MPA, Ms. Kalsoom Akhtar Chandio, MPA, Dr. Seema Zia, MPA, Syeda Marvi Faseeh, MPA, Ms. Shahana Ashar, MPA.