ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly's 20th session was prorogued here after the ninth sitting of the present session concluded without addressing any agenda item on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

The agenda included four ordinances, two legislative bills, two calling attention notices, three Standing Committee reports and a motion to debate the recent petrol crisis. The sitting started five minutes behind the schedule with 27 lawmakers (8 per cent) present at the start and 40 (12 per cent) at the time of adjournment.

The quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting. However, it was not pointed out by any of the lawmakers.

The Prime Minister did not attend the sitting, while the Opposition Leader was present for almost 50 per cent of the proceedings time.

The National Assembly met for two hours and 14 minutes. The sitting started at 1035 hours against the scheduled time of 1030 hours. The Speaker chaired the entire sitting, while the Deputy Speaker was also present. The Prime Minister did not attend the sitting. The Opposition Leader was present for one hour and eight minutes. About 27 lawmakers (8 per cent) were present at the start and 40 (12 per cent) at the end of the sitting.

A maximum of 117 members (34 per cent) were present at one point of the sitting.  The Parliamentary leaders of PkMAP, APML, MQM, BNP, ANP and QWP were present. Eight minority members attended the sitting while 37 members applied for leave.

According to the report 12 out of 38 questions were taken up and responded by the relevant ministries/departments.

In addition, the MNAs raised 13 supplementary questions during the sitting. Five points of orders (POs) consumed 60 minutes (45 per cent) of the sitting. No protests/walkouts/boycotts were witnessed.

Orders of the Day was available to the legislators, observers and others. Information on members attendance was not available to the observers and the public.  The quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting. However, it was not pointed out by any of the lawmakers.