ISLAMABAD: It is disappointing to see that the top legislatures of the country often fail to do their work primarily due to the lack of quorum or the absence of the majority of the ministers from the house. There are numerous instances where the speaker/chairman of both the upper and the lower house had to adjourn the session because many of the ministers and members of the house simply did not bother to turn up for the session. Despite the fact that the speaker of the National Assembly and the chairman of the Senate have expressed their annoyance over the absence of members and ministers many times, their annoyance has failed to have any effect. Their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
The Senate’s last session held on November 10th was adjourned within a few minutes as only 10% of the members were present. Most of the times ministers are unaware of the issues that fall within the domain of their own ministries and hence, another minister or a member from the same party tries to make up for the incompetence of their ministerial colleagues. Members from both the treasury and opposition benches are equally truant. This certainly reflects on the commitment of ministers to deliver and also shows the irresponsible behaviour of members from the opposition.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 13th, 2017.