PILDAT releases Parliament Update for 36th Session of the National Assembly and 314th Session of the Senate

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  1. Only 22% agenda could be discussed during the 36th session of National Assembly while Senate disposed of 98% agenda
  2. Lack of Quorum forces adjournment of 4 out of 9 sittings while all Senate sittings remain intact
  3. National Assembly sittings on average lasted for just 55 minutes; Senate met for 3 hours 11 minutes per sitting on average

National Assembly of Pakistan holds 9 sittings during the 36th Session

Working Hours

The 15th National Assembly of Pakistan held 9 sittings during 36th session held from September 17-October 1, 2021. These sittings were held on September 17, September 20, September 21, September 22, September 24, September 27, September 28, September 29 and October 1.

During the 36th session, the National Assembly met for 8 hours and 18 minutes in 36th Session with an average time of 55 minutes per sitting. The longest sitting lasted for 2 hours and 29 minutes held on September 29 while the shortest sitting was held only for 14 minutes on September 24. All 9 sittings started late on an average of 36 minutes per sitting.

Agenda Items Left Over

On the average only 18.16% of the agenda items listed in the Orders of the Day were taken up during the 36th National Assembly session while 81.84% agenda items were left over. The maximum agenda items, i.e., 96.15% were left over on September 24 while the minimum agenda items left over (2.38%) were on September 29.

Quorum Pointed Out

Out of 9 sittings held during the 36th session of the National Assembly, quorum was pointed out in 5 (55.56%) sittings and 4 (44.44%) sittings were adjourned due to quorum pointed out.

Attendance

Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan, MNA did not attend any sitting during the 36th session of the National Assembly. Leader of the Opposition, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, MNA, attended only 3 sittings held on September 20, September 21 and September 27. On the average, 193 or 56.43% MNAs marked their attendance during the 36th session.

Legislation

2 bills were passed by the National Assembly in a single sitting held on September 29 including the Higher Education Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and the Higher Education Commission (Second Amendment) Bill, 2021.

Five (5) Ordinances were laid in the House during the session in a single sitting held on September 29. These included:

  1. The Pakistan Food Security Flow and Information Ordinance, 2021 (Ord. No.XXI of 2021)
  2. The Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021 (Ord. No.XVII of 2021)
  3. The Public Properties (Removal of Encroachment) Ordinance, 2021 (Ord. No.XVI of 2021)
  4. The Elections (Third Amendment) Ordinance, 2021 (Ord. No.XX of 2021)
  5. The Federal Government Properties Management Authority Ordinance, 2021 (Ord. No.XV of 2021)

No Ordinance was extended during the session. 11 bills from Government and 5 bills from Private Member’s were introduced during the session.

Most Vocal MNAs

Mr. Shaukat Ali, MNA (NA-31 Peshawar-V, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PTI) was the most vocal MNA during the 36th session with a recorded talk time of 16 minutes and 49 seconds. Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA (NA-216 Sanghar-II, Sindh, PPPP) spoke for 10 minutes and 21 seconds during the session, followed by Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch, MNA (Reserved Seats for Women, Balochistan, PTI) who spoke for 7 minutes and 21 seconds. Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA (NA-1 Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, MMAP) spoke for 6 minutes and 43 seconds and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, MNA (NA-132 Lahore-X, Punjab, PML-N) spoke for 6 minutes.

Senate holds 4 sittings during 314th session

Working Hours

The Senate of Pakistan only met for 4 sittings during the 314th Session held from September 24-October 1, 2021. These sittings were held on September 24, September 27 and September 29 and October 1.

The Senate met for 12 hours and 45 minutes during 314th session with an average time of 3 hours and 11 minutes per sitting. The longest sitting lasted 3 hours and 55 minutes on September 29 while the shortest sitting lasted for 2 hour and 30 minutes on September 24 and October 1. Level of punctuality was rather good as the sittings were held with an average delay of just 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

Agenda Items Left Over

On an average Senate disposed of 98.40% of the agenda during the session while 1.60% of the agenda was left over. The maximum agenda items left over were 6.38% on September 27 while the minimum, i.e., 0% was left over on September 24, September 29 and October 1.

Quorum Pointed Out

Quorum was not pointed out during the whole session.

Attendance

Average attendance of Senators during 314th session was recorded at 70% (70 Senators marked attendance per sitting).

Legislation

7 bills were passed by the Senate during 314th session, 4 bills were passed on September 27 and 3 bills were passed on September 29. These included:

  1. The Islamabad Women University Islamabad Bill, 2021
  2. The Ibadat International University Islamabad Bill, 2021
  3. The National Commission on the Status of Women (Amendment) Bill 2021
  4. The Legal Practioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2021
  5. The PAF Air War College Institute Bill, 2021
  6. The Control of Narcotic Substances (Second Amendment) Bill, 2021
  7. The Special Technology Zones Authority Bill, 2021

No Government bill was introduced while 10 Private Member’s Bills were introduced during the session. No Ordinance was laid or extended during the whole session.

Most Vocal Senators

Senator Mushtaq Ahmed (KP, JIP) was the most vocal Senator during 314th session of the Senate. He spoke for a total of 54 minutes and 40 seconds. Leader of the House in the Senate, Senator Dr. Shahzad Waseem (Punjab, PTI) spoke for 52 minutes and 55 seconds, followed by Senator Sherry Rehman (Sindh, PPPP) who spoke for 39 minutes and 20 seconds. Senator Mohsin Aziz (KP, PTI) spoke for 20 minutes and 40 seconds and Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi (KP, PPPP) spoke for 17 minutes.