President Mamnoon Hussain’s first annual address to the Senate was boycotted by members of the opposition, who lodged a protest against the Prime Minister not visiting the upper house for an entire year. I would like to know why our Prime Minister has not given any importance to this democratic institution. In western democracies, it is mandatory for a Prime Minister to attend the sessions of lower and upper houses and answer questions raised by members, but our elected Prime Minister does not feel the need to take time out from his back to back foreign trips to visit the assemblies.


Lahore, June 7.