The Senate of Pakistan: Parliamentary Year 2020-2021 – A Citizens’ Report on Performance



The PILDAT report draws on the Senate Parliamentary Year Report March 2020-March 2021 based on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

2020, however, was not a year like others in recent global knowledge. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic has upended global life and it appears far from over a year later in 2021. Incidentally, it was on March 11, 2020, a day before the Senate Parliamentary year began, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic. The Senate report, at the outset, states that due to the special Parliamentary focus on containing the COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistan, legislative activities during March 2020- March 2021 has relatively declined compared to the previous year. This aspect reflects through much of the KPIs covered in this report.

The most scientific way to review the Senate performance is to compare the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) during its parliamentary years. Legislation is regarded as one of the most significant KPIs of a legislature as laws are its most important output. It may, however, be understood that in a parliamentary form of government like ours, it is the ruling party which introduces and follows up to pass most of the legislations. The number of laws passed, therefore, only partly reflect the performance of the legislature and a greater credit or discredit goes to the government or ruling party.