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ISLAMABAD: Performances of PTI head Imran Khan, head of PPP Women Wing Faryal Talpur and Hamza Shahbaz Sharif of PML-N have been declared poorest, with 20pc performance and 39th positions, during third parliamentary year from June 2015 to May 2016.

PTI chief Imran Khan, PPP Women’s Wing head Faryal Talpur and PML-N MNA Hamza Shahbaz have been found to be the worst-performing lawmakers in the third parliamentary year of the current National Assembly.

Prepared by the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (Pildat), the ‘MNAs Scorecard’ focuses on three main aspects of a parliamentarian’s role: oversight, legislation and representation.

In the report, 308 MNAs have been graded between 1 and 39, but the prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker, federal ministers, ministers of state and the leader of the opposition have not been included in the assessment since their powers and functions differ from other members of the National Assembly.

JUI-F MNA Naeema Kishwer Khan has been declared ‘MNA of the year’ with the highest score of 70pc.

MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar attained an overall score of 22pc and was graded on 38, the second-worst grade in the scorecard. Former National Assembly speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza of the PPP also attained an overall score of 22pc. Former prime minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali attained an overall score of 27pc, putting him in the 35th grade.

Former Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi of the PML-Q also attained an overall score of 27pc, while JUI-F chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman attained an overall score of 35pc, putting him in the 30th grade. PkMAP President Mehmood Khan Achakzai attained an overall score of 36pc and the 29th grade, which he shares with PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed attained an overall score of 39pc and a grade of 26, alongside PTI’s Shafqat Mehmood. PTI’s Dr Arif Alvi attained an overall score of 43pc, which puts him in the 22nd grade, while PPP’s Shazia Marri received an overall score of 46pc putting her in 19th grade.

MNAs who attained a top-10 ranking included JUI-F’s Naeema Kishwar Khan, MQM’s Muzammil Qureshi, JI’s Sher Akbar Khan, MQM’s Nikhat Shakeel Khan, PPP’s Shahida Rehmani, JI’s Aisha Syed, PPP’s Shazia Sobia, JI’s Sahibzada Tariqullah, PML-N’s Mian Abdul Manan and Tahira Aurangzeb, PPP’s Nafisa Shah, JI’s Sahibzada Yaqub, PML-N’s Khalida Mansoor and PTI’s Munaza Hassan.

The JI is the leading political party, with the highest percentage of top performing MNAs.

Published in Dawn October 20th, 2016