PILDAT releases Senators’ Scorecard for 2015-16

MQM’s COL (R) TAHIR MASHHADI declared as SENATOR OF THE YEAR

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PILDAT releases Senators’ Scorecard for 2015-16

MQM’s COL (R) TAHIR MASHHADI declared as SENATOR OF THE YEAR

Highlights:

  • Senator Col. (R) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, (Sindh, MQM) achieves an overall score of 95% and attains 1st position

  • Senator Sassui Palijo, (Sindh, PPP-P) attains 1st position among Women Senators with an overall score of 51%

  • Federal Minister for Finance Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar, (Punjab, PML-N) stands at the 40th position (last rank) with an overall score of 20%

  • PPP-P has the highest number of Senators among the top 15 position holders

  • KP has the highest number (30 %) of Senators among the top 15 position holders

  • Overall average score of Senators is 41%

  • Average Attendance of Senators in Committee Meetings is 51%;

  • Average Attendance in Plenary Sessions of the Senate is 63.3% (compared to 61% in the National Assembly)

June 27: A systematic assessment of the individual parliamentary performance of the Honourable Senators of Pakistan during the Thirteenth Parliamentary Year of the Senate, that is, March 12, 2015 – March 11, 2016, was carried out by PILDAT.

According to the results of this assessment, the overall average performance score of the Senators is 41%.

The following Senators have attained the Top 5 Positions:

  1. Senator Col. (R) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, (Sindh, MQM) with 95% overall score

  2. Senator Muhammad Usman Kakar, (Balochistan, PMAP) with 76% overall score

  3. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, (Federal Capital, PML) and Senator Saeed Ghani, (Sindh, PPPP) both with 73% overall score

  4. Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood, (KP, JUI (F)) with 68% overall score

  5. Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak, (KP, PTI) and Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, (Balochistan, BNP-M) both with 66% overall score

While the Senators from the Federal Capital and the three smaller provinces figure in the top five positions, none of the Senators from Punjab, the largest province, could make it to the top five positions.

It is interesting to note that Senators who are all parliamentary party leaders occupy the Top 5 Ranks.

102 Senators have attained ranks or positions between 1 and 40. The Honourable Chairman of the Senate, Senator Raza Rabbani (Sindh, PPP-P) and the Honourable Deputy Chairman, Senator Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri (Balochistan, JUI-F), have not been included in the assessment exercise as their powers and functions differ greatly from that of a regular member of the Senate.

The Top 5 Women Senators are as follows:

  1. Senator Sassui Palijo, (Sindh, PPP-P) with 1st position among Women Senators, an overall rank of 13 and overall score of 51%

  2. Senator Sitara Ayaz, (KP, ANP) with 2nd position among Women Senators, an overall rank of 15 and overall score of 49%

  3. Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, (Punjab, PML-N) with 3rd position among Women Senators, an overall rank of 21 and overall score of 43%

  4. Senator Sehar Kamran, (Sindh, PPP-P) with 4th position among Women Senators, an overall rank of 22 and overall score of 42%

  5. Senator Gul Bashra, (Balochistan, PMAP) with 5th position among Women Senators, an overall rank of 23 and overall score of 41%

The Honourable Leader of the House, Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq (Punjab, PML-N), attains a score of 62% and is on the 8th position.

The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan (Sindh, PPP-P), is not far behind with an overall score of 57%, which is the 10th position.

Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed (Punjab, PML-N), attains a score of 27%, which is the 36th position. Federal Minister for Human Rights, Senator Kamran Michael (Punjab, PML-N), follows suit with a score of 24%, which is the 37th position.

Other notables in this assessment exercise include Amir (leader) of Jamaat-e-Islami, Senator Siraj-ul-Haq, KP, with an overall score of 63%, which is the 7th position. Newly appointed Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping and President of National Party, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Balochistan, achieves an overall score of 59%, which is the 9th position. Former Minister for Interior Senator Rehman Malik, Sindh, PPP-P, stands at the 28th position with an overall score of 36%. Current Governor of KP and former Senator Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, PML-N also at the 28th position with an overall score of 36%. Vice-President of PPP-P, Senator Sherry Rehman, Sindh, stands at the 29th position with an overall score of 25%.

The performance scorecards of senators presented in this report focus on three main aspects of the parliamentary role of a senator: Oversight, Legislation and Representation.

The Top Performer in Oversight is Senator Col. (R) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi (Sindh, MQM), with an average score of 4.4 out of 5.

The Top Performer in Legislation is Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed (Federal Capital, PML), with a total of 9 private member’s bills introduced of which 8 passed in the Senate during the year.

The Top Performer in Representation is Senator Hamza (Punjab, PML-N), with the highest attendance of 97% in the plenary sessions of the Senate.

The PPP-P is the Political Party with the highest number of top-performing senators. In order to gauge this result, the top 15 positions or ranks were checked for each political party. The PPP has four of its elected leadership in the Senate among the top 15 position holders:

  1. Senator Saeed Ghani (Sindh, PPPP) on the 3rd position

  2. Senator Aitzaz Ahsan (Sindh, PPP-P) on the 10th position

  3. Senator Farhatullah Babar (KP, PPP-P) on the 11th position and

  4. Senator Sassui Palijo (Sindh, PPP-P) on the 13th position

Similarly, the top 15 positions were also checked for the Province/Territory with the highest percentage of top-performing senators, which turned out to be the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Seven (7) or 30% of Senators from KP are among the top 15 position holders:

  1. Senator Talha Mehmood of the JUI-F on the 4th position

  2. Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak of the PTI on the 5th position

  3. Senator Baz Muhammad Khan of the ANP on the 7th position

  4. Senator Siraj-ul-Haq of the JI on the 7th position

  5. Senator Farhatullah Babar of the PPP on the 11th position

  6. Senator Shahi Syed of the ANP on the 14th position

  7. Senator Sitara Ayaz of the ANP on the 15th position

The methodology and framework of assessing the performance of 102 Senators were developed indigenously. The data for preparing the Score Cards was obtained from the two main public sources: The Official Website of the Senate of Pakistan1 and the ‘Report to the People of Pakistan’ produced by the Senate2. Senators themselves were also contacted to provide their updated educational and professional details. Federal Ministers have not been scored in the parameter on Number of Committees Chaired, as the rules do not allow them to be elected as Chairmen of a standing committee and most of the other committees.

These Score Cards seek to provide the citizens of Pakistan with some critical information in order to empower them to monitor their elected representatives and to identify the prospective future political leadership of Pakistan.

Honourable Senators’ performance has been evaluated based on the following parameters:

Oversight

  1. Number of Committee Memberships

  2. Number of Committees Chaired

  3. Attendance in Committee Meetings

  4. Number of Adjournment Motions

  5. Number of Resolutions

  6. Number of Call Attention Motions

  7. Number of Questions

Legislation

  1. Number of Private Member Bills introduced

  2. Number of Private Member Bills passed

Representation

  1. Attendance in the Plenary Sessions

The principal objective behind this evaluation exercise is to foster transparency and greater democratic accountability in the country and to help in the mapping exercise of the future political leadership of Pakistan. This is a first attempt made by PILDAT to assess and rank the performance of Senators, and hence, may have a lot of room for improvement. We will welcome comments and suggestions for improvement in the concept, methodology and framework of assessment and presentation of the Senators’ Score Cards.

– Full text of the PILDAT Report on Mapping Future Political Leadership of Pakistan: Scorecards on Honourable Senators’ Performance, 2015-16 is available at:
https://www.pildat.org/Publications/publication/Democracy&LegStr/
MappingFuturePoliticalLeadershipofPakistan_Scorecardson
HonourableSenatorsPerformance_2015-2016.pdf

– Full text of the PILDAT Report on Mapping Future Political Leadership of Pakistan: Scorecards on Honourable Senators’ Performance, 2015-16 in URDU is available at: