ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PTI Chief Imran Khan lead the group of heavyweights who found no time for the parliament in the last six National Assembly’s sessions.
Around fifteen lawmakers attended less than ten sittings (23rd session to 28th session), which clearly reflects their lack of interest in legislative business in the Lower House of the Parliament.
Though opposition parties mainly point out Prime Minister’s absence from house, their own parties’ MNAs also entered in the house less than 10 times especially in third parliamentary year (23rd session to 28th session), which will be completed by the mid of current year (2016).
The seriousness of major legislators revealed in the data compiled by the FAFEN that PTI Chief Imran Khan, PML-N’s Hamza Shahbaz, PPP’s main Faryal Talpur and Fehmida Mirza and ANP’s Haider Khan attended the NA session less than five times.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, PPP’s Ghulam Rabbani and Asad Sikandar, MQM’s Farooq Sattar, PML-Q’s Pervaiz Elahi, PPP Muawar Talpur, PkMAP Abdul Rahim Mandokhail are among those, who attended less than 15 sittings. Nawaz Sharif, despite all criticism from opposition benches, only graced the house for seven times.
The breakup revealed that nearly half of the MNAs of the National Assembly missed half of the sittings from 23rd session to 28th session.
However, some ministers of present assembly, including Minister IPC Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for Climate Change, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussian missed less than ten sessions during this specific time (Half of third parliamentary year).
Many of lawmakers who mostly remained absent from house also hardly participate in the proceedings. As around 160 MNAs reportedly in last two and half year did not bother to raise a single question in the house regarding the development of their concerned constituencies and parliamentary affairs.
It is also a bitter facts that most of the legislatures from lower house of parliament seemed disinterested to be part of important legislation as nearly 200 MNAs had never moved even a single bill in the NA during two and half year.
Around half of the lawmakers who missed around half of the session were Shehryar Afridi of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(PTI), Ali Gohar Khan Mahar of Sindh (PPPP), Dr Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti of Punjab (PML-N), Sarzameen of KP (PML-N), Faqir Sher M Bilalani of Sindh (PPPP), M Riaz Malik of Punjab (PML-N), Waseem Akhtar Shaikh of Punjab (PML-N), Dr Asma Mamdot of Punjab (PML-N), Dr Nisar Ahmad of Punjab (PML-N), Khawaja Asif of Punjab PML-N), Mir Shabbir Ali Bijarani of Sindh (PPPP), M Raza Hayat Hiraj of Punjab (PML-N), Sohail Shoukat Butt of Punjab (PML-N), Abdul Kareem of Punjab (PML-N), Bhawan Das of (PML-N), Ch. Nisar Ali Khan of Punjab (PML-N), Dr Azra Fazal Pecheho of Sindh(PPPP), Shazia Mubashar of Punjab (PML-N), Kanwar Naveed Jamil of Sindh (MQM), Saad Rafi-que of Punjab (PML-N), Makh-doom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani of Punjab (PML-N), Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha of Punjab (PML-N), M Nazir Khan of FATA (PML-N), Phyllis Azeemof Punjab (PML-N), Shah Jahan Baloch of Sindh (PPPP), Syed Qazim Ali Shah of Sindh (PML-F), Ahsan Iqbal of Punjab(PML-N), Mir Munawar Ali Talpur of Sindh (PPPP), M Zain Ellahi of Punjab (IND), Pir Syed Saddaruddin Shah Rashdi of Sindh (PML-F), Ch M Asim Nazir of Punjab (PML-N), Dr M Farooq Sattar of Sindh (MQM), Ghulam Rabani Khar of Punjab (PPPP), Malik Asad Sikandar of Sindh (PPPP), Nawaz Sharif of Punjab (PML-N), Roshan Din Junejo of Sindh (PPPP), Amir Haider Khan of KP (ANP), Faryal Talpur of Sindh (PPPP), M Ayaz Soomro of Sindh (PPPP), Ali M Khan Mahar of Sindh (PPPP), Dr Fehmida Mirza of Sindh (PPPP), Imran Khan of Punjab (PTI), Hamza Shehbaz of Punjab (PML-N).