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Fifteen lawmakers take part in NA budget discussion

June 13, 2014



The general discussion on the federal budget 2014-15 continued on Wednesday during 5th sitting of 12th National Assembly session, as 15 lawmakers expressed their views on the budgetary proposals, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet.

Five PML-N members addressed the House for an hour and 53 minutes, followed by three members of PPPP (55 minutes) and two each of MQM (54 minutes) and PTI (13 minutes). The sole member of AMLP (25 minutes) and single member each of PkMAP (25 minutes) and JI (20 minutes) also spoke on the Finance Bill.

The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 33 minutes while the Leader of the Opposition was present for 50 minutes. The Finance Minister attended the sitting for an hour and 22 minutes.

Minister for Finance briefed the parliamentarians about the approval of the World Bank for Dasu Hydro-Electric Power Project.

The National Assembly met for six hours and 10 minutes. The House had a prayer break of 45 minutes. The sitting started at 1030 hours against the scheduled time of 1000 hours, witnessing a delay of 30 minutes.

The Speaker presided over the sitting for an hour and 40 minutes while the remaining proceedings were chaired by the Deputy Speaker.

The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 33 minutes while the Leader of the Opposition was present for 50 minutes. The parliamentary leaders of PTI, PML and JUI-F did not attend the sitting.

Thirty-one members were present at the outset while 39 at the adjournment of the sitting. A maximum of 127 members were observed to be present at one point during the sitting. Four minority members attended the sitting. Nine members applied for leave.

Fifteen members participated in the budget debate. Five PML-N members addressed the House for an hour and 53 minutes, followed by three members of PPPP (55 minutes) and two each of MQM (54 minutes) and PTI (13 minutes). The sole member of AMLP (25 minutes) and single member each of PkMAP (25 minutes) and JI (20 minutes) also spoke on the Finance Bill.

Deputy Parliamentary Leader of PTI raised the only point of order that consumed three minutes of the proceedings.

There were no incidents of protests, walkouts and boycotts.


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Source: Pakistan Press International


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