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Lawmakers’ participation dropped in first budget sitting

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Published: June 6, 2014 08:59 pm

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led government presented its second budget for the fiscal year 2014-15 during first sitting of 12th National Assembly session on Tuesday last. Senator Ishaq Dar, who holds the portfolio of Federal Finance Minister, presented the budget before the Lower House for second successive year.

As expected, the sitting was attended by a large number of lawmakers, including Leader of the House Prime Minister. However, there were several members who opted to stay away from this important legislative activity. If we compare the participation of members during first sitting of budget session with last year’s corresponding period, we find lesser number of members present in 2014.

As many as 303 (89%) members attended the first sitting of budget session in 2013 which has dropped to 258 (75%) in 2014. Several key members, including parliamentary leaders of a number of parties, did not attend the Tuesday sitting.

Imran Khan, Parliamentary Leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and a noted critic of government’s policies, could not attend the sitting despite being present in the joint sitting of both houses a day earlier. Parliamentary leaders of Pakistan Muslim League (PML) Chaudhry Pervez Elahi and Awami National Party Ghulam Ahmed Bilour also could not turn up to attend the sitting. Most of the members of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), including its parliamentary leader Rashid Godil, were not present in the Lower House during the budget speech. Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian’s Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Dr. Farooq Sattar and Haider Abbas Rizvi of MQM and former interior minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao of Qaumi Watan Party were other prominent members who could not attend the budget speech proceedings.

The budget speech of the Finance minister was listened to carefully by the opposition and treasury members and there was not any noted protest observed. However, an Independent lawmaker Jamshed Dasti protested within the House twice during the budget speech expressing his reservation over a budgetary issue and for not taking prayers break.

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