Seventeen (17); 17.0%
Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq
Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan
It is six years.
Twenty Three (23)
A question to which a written reply is read out by the Minister is a starred question. An unstarred question is the one to which a written reply is supplied but not read out.
Parliamentary Committees of the Senate of Pakistan may be categorized as Standing Committees, Functional Committees, Finance Committee, Other Committees, Library Committee and House Committee.
Bills may further be classified broadly into:-
i. Private Members' Bills introduced in the Senate
ii. Bills Passed by the Senate with Amendments
iii. Bills in which Amendments were proposed by the Standing Committees
iv. Bills referred to the Standing Committees
v. Government Bills Introduced in the Senate
vi. Bills Received from the National Assembly
i. Adjournment Motions
ii. Call Attention Notice
iii. Privilege Motions
A Bill can be defined as a legislative proposal in a distinct format, which becomes an Act of Parliament if passed by both the Houses and assented to by the President. Bills can be broadly categorized as private member Bills and Government Bills.
Rules 59 contain provision for a Call Attention Notice to draw the attention of the government towards matters of national importance. Through this notice any member can request a Minister that he should pay attention to a particular matter of national importance and take necessary steps. This notice should be given in writing to Secretary not less than two hours before the commencement of the sitting.
Through motion under rule 194 the policy or situation or statement or any other matter can be discussed. The House discusses such matter immediately after the mover has concluded his speech. Such motions are not put to a vote of the House but are simply debated and talked out and no further questions are put at the conclusion of the debate unless a member moves a substantive motion in appropriate terms with the approval of the Chairman and the vote of the House. In that case the decision would be taken accordingly.
The Senate has been actively engaged in bilateral and multilateral Parliamentary relations. At the multilateral level, the Senate is a member of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).
The resolutions can be broadly categorized as resolutions not mentioned in the Constitution and the resolutions mentioned in the Constitution. The resolutions not mentioned in the Constitution have been dealt with in rules 119 to 130 and the resolutions mentioned in the Constitution are governed by rules 131 to 136.
The Senate business is transacted, as per rule 27, in the order in which it appears on the Orders of the Day, unless the Chairman directs otherwise.
The Secretary prepares Orders of the Day and makes its copy available for use of every member and any other person entitled to speak or participate in the proceedings. He arranges the Government business in such order as the Leader of the House or the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs or any other Minister, authorized by the Leader of the House, intimates a day before the commencement of the sitting. The relative precedence of private members' Bills is determined by ballot at least five days prior to the day with reference to which the ballot is held.
The term 'Parliament' is usually associated with the British system of parliamentary government, a system which has influenced the development of representative assemblies in many parts of the world. In pre-revolutionary France the word 'Parlement' was applied to courts of justice which were not representative bodies at all. The word itself is derived from the Latin 'parliamentum' and the French word 'parler' and originally meant a talk; and talking is, of course, what Parliaments do most of the time. The origins of Parliaments and similar assemblies can be traced back to many centuries. They are the central institutions of many systems of government. Although conceived in ancient times, they seem to be infinitely adaptable and their numbers have proliferated and developed many forms in modern times.
One Hundred and Four (104)
At the commencement of the first session, after each general election to the National Assembly; and at the commencement of the first session of each parliamentary year, the President address both Houses of Parliament assembled together and inform the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) of the causes of its summoning.
One-fourth of the total membership of the Senate is present.
The role of the Senate is to promote national cohesion and harmony and to alleviate fears of the smaller provinces regarding domination by any one province because of its majority, in the National Assembly.
The Senate, is a body which represents the provinces/territories of the country and promotes a feeling of equality, peace and harmony, which is so essential for the growth and prosperity of a nation. Thus, the Senate in Pakistan, over the years, has emerged as an essential organ and a stabilizing factor of the federation.
Each member may ask three starred and five unstarred questions for any one day. A member who desires to ask a starred question for any one day has to distinguish it with an asterisk.
Senate of Pakistan meets for the first time in 1977.
The 1970 Assembly framed the 1973 Constitution which was passed on 12th April and promulgated on 14th August 1973. The 1973 Constitution provides for a parliamentary form of Government with a bicameral legislature, comprising of the National Assembly and the Senate.
Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarian (PPPP)
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Mr. Habibullah Khan (tenure: from 06-08-1973 to 04-07-1977)
Mr. Abdul Malik Baloch (tenure: from 26-04-1977 to 04-07-1977)
Samia Usman (August 1973 to August 1975)