NA skips most of legislative business; session prorogued

ISLAMABAD: The 46 session of the National Assembly was prorogued on Thursday without considering most of the legislative agenda, including the Right of Access to Information Bill.

The National Assembly met for three hours while the proceedings remained suspended for 11 minutes, the sitting started at 1037 hours against the scheduled time of 1030 hours.

The Speaker presided over the sitting for 53 minutes while a member of the Panel of Chairpersons chaired the rest of the proceedings.

The Leader of the Opposition attended the proceedings for 12 minutes.

Fifty-one (15%) lawmakers were present at the outset and 11 (3%) at the adjournment of the sitting.

The House did not take up the Right of Access to Information Bill, 2017, the Auditor-General’s (Functions, Powers and Terms and Conditions of Service) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the Corporate Rehabilitation Bill, 2017.

Nine out of 39 Starred Questions were taken up during the course of proceedings.

The lawmakers asked 22 supplementary questions. The House took up a Calling Attention Notice (CAN).

Another CAN on the closure of internet service in five districts of Balochistan remained unaddressed.

The lawmakers raised 14 Points of Order consuming 53 minutes of the proceedings. The lawmakers of MQM staged a two-minute walkout against their reservations over National Population and Household Census 2017.

PPPP lawmaker pointed out quorum at 1244 hours that led to the suspension of the sitting for 11 minutes.