ISLAMABAD – As the 14th National Assembly of Pakistan has almost completed one year of its legislative duty, interesting statistics started emerging according to which with 11 appearances Imran Khan has defeated Nawaz Sharif who appeared for only seven times on the floor.
National Assembly of Pakistan completed its one year in May 2014, however, officially not a single record of attendance or tendencies on voting was released.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, however, given a justification that there is no need to be there when the prime minister is absent.
The data gathered by independent observers mainly by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), revealed some serious statistics regarding negligence of our lawmakers.
According to the statistics, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif remained present in the National Assembly for only two percent of the total time the lower house remained in session.
But the more worrisome situation was about the lawmaking, the soul purpose of parliament. In one whole year, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led National Assembly could only pass one law.
The reason behind delay in legislation seems to be absenteeism. The root cause lays in several protests and unceremonious ends of proceedings. There has not been a single day during the entire parliamentary year when all 342 members were present.
According to FAFEN, 298 members were present in the house only once, that too, during the third sitting.
It is perhaps due to this very reason that the government has not bothered to persuade or even tried to convince the opposition to support the passage of the remaining 10 bills passed by the National Assembly that are awaiting the Senate’s approval.