ISLAMABAD    -   The PILDAT had observed that the 42nd session of the 15th National Assembly met for 13 sittings from May 9 to May 27 and 76.07 percent agenda items on average were left over in 13 sittings of the 42nd session.

In the last sitting of the 42nd session, the House could only take up 1 agenda item out of 28 items and the session was prorogued after a sitting of only 36 minutes. The average delay in starting a sitting was recorded at 50 minutes per sitting. According to a PILDAT report, in 5 (38.46%) out of 13 sittings of the National Assembly during 42nd session, quorum was pointed out and 3 (23.08%) sittings were adjourned due to lack of quorum though on average 114 (33.33%) MNAs marked attendance in the session. Attendance of 25% of total members i.e. 86 is required to keep the House in quorum. Quorum was pointed out 5 times throughout the session.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif attended only 2 out of 13 sittings on May 9 and May 26 while leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, Raja Riaz Ahmad attended 3 sittings out of 5 held on May 23, May 24 and May 26. On the average, 114 or 33.33% MNAs marked their attendance during the 42nd session. Dr Fehmida Mirza, MNA, GDA was the most vocal MNA during the 42nd session with a recorded talk time of 1 hour and 34 minutes. Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA MMAP spoke for 1 hour and 5 minutes during the session, followed by Noor Alam Khan, MNA, PTI who spoke for 39 minutes during the session. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA GDA spoke for 35 minutes and Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, MNA, PML-N, spoke for 26 minutes.

Five bills were passed by the National Assembly in the sittings held on May 20, May 23, May 24 and May 26 including the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2022 and the National Accountability (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022.  Other 3 bills passed during the session included the following; The Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation (Amendment) Bill, 2022; The Pakistan Global Institute Act, 2022 and The International Institute of Science, Arts and Technology Bill, 2022. Two ordinances were laid during the session on May 9 and May 23. These included: The General Statistics (Re-Organization) (Amendment) Ordinance, 2022 (Ordinance No III of 2022) and the Election (Amendment) Ordinance, 2022 (Ord No 1 of 2022).  No Ordinance was extended during the session.