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14th parliamentary year: No legislation in Senate’s first session

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Published: September 21, 2016 05:02 pm


ISLAMABAD: The ongoing 14th parliamentary year of the Senate has a total of six sessions so far and the recently concluded 252nd session was the only session which witnessed no legislation.

The 252nd session held from September 5 to September 9, 2016 had a total of five sittings and 11 bills appeared on the agenda. Of these bills, nine bills remained unaddressed and two bills were referred to the relevant committees for further deliberations.  No legislative proposal was passed by the House.

The Senate held special session (251st) on August 5, 2016 to commemorate its 44th Foundation Day. No legislative proposal was on the agenda during this single sitting session and the role and power of the Upper House of Parliament was discussed in it.

The Senate passed six bills during its 250th session held between July 18 and 29, 2016. Two bills in the same session were deferred; six other bills introduced in the House were referred to the relevant standing committees; one bill was rejected with a difference of one vote and three bills were withdrawn by their respective movers

In 249th session June 2 to June 17, 2016, the House passed six government bills in addition to introduction and debate on Finance Bill. The 248th session held from May 9 to May 20, 2016 passed the Un-attended Orphans (Rehabilitation and Welfare) Bill, 2016 and deferred one bill on the request of the mover. One bill was dropped due to the absence of mover while the House witnessed the introduction of five bills.

The House passed five government bills and one Private Member’s bill during 247th session held from April 14 to April 22, 2016. Two bills were deferred while the House also disallowed introduction of the Constitutional Bill seeking amendments to Articles 5 and 6 in the same session. Seven bills were introduced in the House during 247th sessions which were referred to the relevant standing committees for further deliberations.

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