‘Imran unlikely to attend NA budget session’

Published: June 3, 2016
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Imran Khan attended just 17 sittings of the National Assembly in the past three years. PHOTO: PTI

Imran Khan attended just 17 sittings of the National Assembly in the past three years. PHOTO: PTI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is unlikely to attend Friday’s budget session in the National Assembly, party sources confirmed to The Express Tribune on Thursday.

His decision of staying away from parliamentary proceedings may cost him membership of the National Assembly though he survived one such attempt by the opposition.

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May 17 was the last time when he appeared in the lower house of parliament to clarify about once owning an offshore company.  And it is not known, perhaps even to Khan, if he would attend Friday’s budget session.  Sources in the PTI told The Express Tribune that it was “highly unlikely” that the chairman would attend the session.

According to reports, Imran Khan attended just 17 sittings of the National Assembly in the past three years. But this does not mean that he is not entitled to salary.

An official of the NA Secretariat told The Express Tribune that attendance record of every single sitting was maintained and sent to AGPR for salary calculation.

Those who regularly attended NA sessions were entitled to allowances and other perks whereas absent members were entitled to fixed salaries, he added.  The official said that Khan “must have had received all salaries”.

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According to Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly 2007, a member is required to submit a leave application if he is not able to attend the sitting.  The leave applications are read out by the Speaker before every session. But, over the past three years, the PTI chairman’s name hardly featured in that list.

As per National Assembly procedures if a member is absent without leave of the Assembly, for 40 consecutive … sittings, the Speaker shall bring the fact to the notice of the Assembly and thereupon any member may move that the seat of the member who has been absent be declared vacant. MQM and JUI-F had earlier moved a resolution seeking to de-seat Khan for his continual absence.

“We take notice and action when a member is absent for 40 consecutive days,” Saeed Matila, the Secretary to Speaker, told The Express Tribune.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 3rd, 2016.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • abdullah k
    Jun 3, 2016 - 11:09AM

    Does it even make a difference if he attends.Recommend

  • Nikki
    Jun 3, 2016 - 11:27AM

    it is not Corruption
    ;
    and he is considered Honest, remains absence and gets salary?
    All politicians are on the same page #Corrupt morally and materially
    May Allah protect Pakistan from all thugsRecommend

  • pervaiz
    Jun 3, 2016 - 12:32PM

    He will address the Nation on facebook in the meantime.Recommend

  • Jun 3, 2016 - 12:58PM

    Imran khan only attends dharna sessions.Recommend

  • Sceptic
    Jun 3, 2016 - 1:08PM

    Imran Khan will attend the NA daily, even on weekends, if his seat can be replaced with a cargo container. He is an agitator, not a legislator. Recommend

  • Mujtaba
    Jun 3, 2016 - 1:20PM

    Imran Khan must attend the assembly sessions regularly, being a parliamentarian this is his obligation to represent the issues of common man and try to do legislation in the interest of public.Recommend

  • Ralf
    Jun 3, 2016 - 1:27PM

    He likes containers to voice his grievances it is less challenging. On top of all he collects the salary from the Government. Recommend

  • Reality Check
    Jun 3, 2016 - 1:46PM

    apathetic!!Recommend

  • Mudassir
    Jun 3, 2016 - 3:59PM

    looks like dictator not democrat Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 3, 2016 - 4:12PM

    Imran doesn’t know anything about budget. The person who lives on others money doesn’t enjoy dry and crude figures. His friends spends millions on him in false hope that someday they would recover that amount. They are in problem not Imran.Recommend

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