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April 16, 2013

‘Big leaders did nothing in last parliament’

April 16, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Hardly any top leader in the last parliament contributed positively and most bigwigs just spoke on points of orders and did nothing else that could strengthen parliament orgive it credibility, reveals the data collected from a report compiled on the performance of the last assembly.
At best, these leaders in short speeches issued statements of condemnation, specially on drone strikes, Abbottabad Operation, genocide of Muslims in Burma (without realising the situation in Pakistan), the Israeli aggression against Palestinians, the US Congressional hearing on Balochistan, and nefarious attempts on democracy but none took any practical measure.
They had fun taking numerous opportunities to speak on points of orders but did not bother to put a question in writing holding the government to account, revealed the report prepared by the Fair and Free Election Network (FAFEN) that has profiled the parliamentary performance of all the MNAs.
The FAFEN has profiled every MNA separately counting their performance in terms of Questions, CAN, Resolutions, Legislative Bills, etc. However, the database does not offer any commentary.
Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ahmad stands out among all the parliamentary leaders as he spoke 290 times on points of order. As far as moving a legislative bill is concerned, he never did so nor did he move one Call Attention Notice (CAN) on any matter of urgent importance.
He would criticise the government taking part in the debate but asked only one written question. Nisar did not move any adjournment motion under Rule 250 either. However, he was an active co-mover of three resolutions. They were against the US Congressional Hearing on Balochistan situation, the GHQ attack and Israeli aggression on Gaza.
Former PM Yousuf Raza Gilani was second to Nisar speaking on Points of Order as he did so 150 times during his four-year and three-month stint as the leader of the house.
Raja Pervez Ashraf, Gilani’s successor,

defended his government 14 times speaking through Points of Order. However, as the minister of water and power, he did not respond to 40 percent of the questions but responded to 29 out of 45 Call Attention Notices addressed to his ministry but the assurances made never materialised. He remained inactive in the House when there was no portfolio allotted to him.
Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, PML-Q leader in the National Assembly, didn’t even bother to ask even one question. He was part of three resolutions moved and passed by the assembly. Included among them was a resolution aimed at supporting the democratic process that was in contrast with his previous stand while serving under General Pervez Musharraf when he resolved to elect the latter 10 times while in army uniform.
Contrary to Nisar, he spoke only once on a point of order. There is no CAN, adjournment motion and speaking on matter of public importance to his credit. However, he was part of a couple of bills introduced for the protection of children and prevention of anti-women practices.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the JUI-F leader, asked one question in five years and spoke 29 times on Points of Order. There was no legislative bill to his credit, however, he was co-mover of three resolutions intended to resolve the Kashmir dispute, condemn the killings of Muslims in Burma and to discuss the attacks inside Pakistan’s territory by militant terrorists and foreign forces.
MQM parliamentary leader, Dr Farooq Sattar, never asked a question or moved an adjournment motion. However, he was the mover of 10 resolutions on subjects of deweaponisation, condemning the Israeli aggression and killings of Muslims in Burma and others. Among the two legislative bills he moved, one was about deweaponisation.
Aftab Ahmed Sherpao did not ask a single question but spoke 61 times on points of order. He was one of the movers of four resolutions that were about the killing of Muslims in Burma, condemnation of the blasphemous caricatures and two others. He moved five CANs.
Asfandyar Wali Khan of the ANP never asked any question, however, raised 12 points of order. He never raised a matter of public importance but was co-mover of three resolutions that were about democracy, in the support of Yousaf Raza Gilani’s premiership and about the discussion on situation arising out of terrorism.
Munir Orakzai, the parliamentary leader of Fata MNAs, never asked a question, however, spoke 30 times on points of order. He was part of four resolutions moved but never raised a matter of public importance.

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