He was responding to questions raised by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, a coalition partner of the government, who informed the House that Pakistan abstained
from voting on the resolution.
On July 20, 2015 Mr Smith abstained
in a vote on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, which capped and froze some benefits.
Sedgefield Phil Wilson abstained
from the legislation but voted for the amendment.
Kezia Dugdale said she would have abstained
but Ken Macinstosh said the party should have voted against.
India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Paraguay and Macedonia abstained
The SLFP, TNA and DNA voted with the government, while other members of the UPFA abstained
This month, however, a bare majority of seven of the neighbors voted nay (Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan) while three abstained
(UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iraq), two absented themselves (Turkey and Azerbaijan) and Bahrain took the ultimate step of voting for the resolution.
The Samajwadi Party's 21 MPs and Bahujan Samaj Party's 22 MPs abstained
from voting on the FDI issue.
Waseem Sajjad when contacted stated, according to constitution, no MNA can abstained
from voting against party policy during Prime Ministerial elections, and if any MNA abstain the party policy, then head of the party can file a reference to speaker for the disqualification of that member.
He did not explain why his MP abstained
from voting and only reminded of how the MPs in the Council of Europe voted.
We did not reach a final decision after evaluating the issue thus we abstained
from voting because we respect our principles as sanctions proved to be ineffective on the international scene," he added.
THE TWO MPs of railway minister Mamata Banerjee's party, the Trinamool Congress, abstained
from voting on the women's reservation bill in the Rajya Sabha.