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Event Title: Parliament has to play more assertive role to overcome challenges, promote good governance

Event Date: 2018-10-10

Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has observed that contemporary challenges calls for a more assertive role on the part of parliament to carry out effective legislation and hold the government accountable thus promoting good governance which is a prerequisite for strengthening the democratic foundations of the country. He said that Parliamentarians need to utilize their knowledge , vision and experience for quality legislation and accountability. He made these remarks while chairing a session titled, ‘How to be an effective legislator’ at the two day workshop on Procedural Aspects of Parliamentary Business organised by the Senate Secretariat in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) at the Parliament House on Wednesday.

Later, Syed Fakhar Imam MNA and former Speaker of National Assembly chaired the session of the workshop. Syed Fakhar Imam while addressing members of the Senate and Senate Secretariat has observed that Parliament is the linchpin of the Governance structure in any democratic state and should be the centre of all policy decisions.

The sitting member and former speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan said that Pakistan is in dire need of making our Parliament a thorough working institution by having a clear understanding of the instruments available and making efficient use of the same. He said that the situation the country finds itself in today is reflective of the way we have misgoverned over the past 70 years despite having a Parliamentary democracy system in 1947.

 Senators during the interactive session that followed the briefing put forward some pertinent questions and observations relating to making the House Business and Committee work more effective. It was agreed that more work needs to be done to make legislature and legislators relevant in the country, to carry out quality legislation and to hold government to account strongly which is the core function of the Parliament.

The workshop also included sessions on technical and procedural aspects of legislative business, insight into and importance of legislative drafting unit of the Senate and parliamentary tools available to the members.