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Budget debate continues in Parliament

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Published: June 16, 2015 08:37 pm

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ISLAMABAD: Both Houses of the Parliament- the Senate and the National Assembly- continued debate on the Federal Budget 2015-16 on Tuesday.

In Senate, low attendance of lawmakers was witnessed as eighteen members (17%) were present at the start and 15 (14%) at the time of adjournment of the sitting. Four lawmakers – one each from PML-N, ANP, PPPP and JUI-F – participated in the debate for 70% of the proceedings’ time.

The House took up a calling attention notice (CAN) on the alleged irregularities in recently held Local Government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while the other CAN on Pakistan and Afghanistan refugees getting Indian citizenship was not taken up.

The House deferred an adjournment motion on a Senator’s statement regarding the alleged involvement of foreign embassies in telephone tapping.

Meanwhile, in National Assembly, twenty lawmakers (6%) were present at the start of the sitting and 36 (11%) at the time of adjournment. The Prime Minister attended 7% of the proceedings, while the Opposition Leader was present for 38% of the sitting’s duration.

Twenty-one lawmakers spoke during the budget debate that took up nearly 70% of the sitting time. These included nine members from PML-N, followed by PPPP and PTI (four each), MQM (three) and JUI-F (one).

The lawmakers raised seven points of order that consumed 20 minutes of the sitting. Both Houses will meet again on Wednesday.

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