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POs consume 23% time during 3rd Parliamentary Year of Sindh PA  

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Published: May 31, 2016 07:35 pm

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ISLAMABAD: The third parliamentary year of the Sindh Assembly witnessed 73 lawmakers raising 575 Points of Order (POs) during five sessions held between June 3, 2015 and May 3, 2016, consuming 754 minutes (23%) of the session’s time.

According to Rule 232 of the Sindh Assembly, “A Point of Order shall relate to the interpretation or enforcement of the rules or the interpretation of the provisions of the Constitution on regulating the business of the Assembly.”

The legislators, through various POs, shared their views on issues related to the business of the House (312) followed by Democracy and Political Development (69), Governance (44), Law and Order (27), Finance and Economic Policy (19), Energy and Natural Resources (17), Employment (16), Health (13), Government Institutions (11) Tributes and Prayers (10), Media (eight), Agriculture, Human Rights and Education (five each), Housing and Works, Terrorism and Population (three each), Communication and Food (two each) and Development Works (one).

Party-wise details showed that lawmakers belonging to PML-N raised 267 POs followed by PPPP (247), MQM (29), PTI (18) and PML-F (14).

Gender-wise statistics of the members participating in the proceedings indicated that 19 female lawmakers raised 45 POs over the period of one year while the remaining 530 POs were raised by 54 male lawmakers.

The Provincial Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro took the lead by raising a total of 133 Points of Order during the year while the Opposition Leader, Khawaja Izhar Ul Hassan, raised 127 POs and stood second. The rest of 64 MPAs on average raised less than 10 Points of Order during this period.

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