NA: (Low attendance persists in NA)March 17, 2015
ISLAMABAD: The third sitting of the National Assembly’s 20th session was marked by low attendance of lawmakers – with 40 legislators (12%) present at the start and 36 (11%) at the time of adjournment, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Wednesday.
The quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting. However, it was not pointed out by any of the members. The House took up a calling attention notice (CAN) regarding shortage of water likely to cause drought in the country while another CAN about privatization of number of profit earning government entities was not taken up.
The House did not consider the Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Bill, 2014 despite being on the agenda. Similarly, two motions under Rule 259 to debate the recent petrol crisis and problems being faced by the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were also not taken up. The Leader of the House did not attend the sitting, while the Opposition Leader was present for 64 minutes.