National Assembly Starts Debate on Federal Budget 2015-16

ISLAMABAD, June 09, 2015: The National Assembly opened debate on Federal Budget 2015-16 with the speech of Leader of the Opposition on Tuesday, reports Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. The Leader of the Opposition spoke for two hours and 35 minutes (155 minutes) followed by MQM Parliamentary leader 69 minutes,…

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Opposition Demands Live Broadcast of Budget Speeches

ISLAMABAD, June 08, 2015: The entire opposition in the National Assembly walked out of the House for two hours and 40 minutes, calling upon the government to broadcast their budget speeches live on television, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The opposition came back to the House only after getting assurance from the Minister…

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PML-N Government Presents Third Budget

ISLAMABAD, June 05, 2015: The incumbent PML-N government presented its third budget in the 14th National Assembly with a total outlay of Rs.4.31 trillion on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization presented the budget 2015-16 during the first sitting of the 23rd…

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President Addresses Joint Session of Parliament

ISLAMABAD, June 4, 2015: President Mamnoon Hussain addressed a joint session of the Parliament to mark the advent of the incumbent government’s third parliamentary year on Thursday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started 10 minutes behind the schedule, lasting 41 minutes during which the President spoke on national issues for…

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NA Passes Gas Infrastructure Development Cess Bill

ISLAMABAD, May 19, 2015: The National Assembly passed the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess Bill 2014 amid massive protest by the opposition parties on Tuesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The House incorporated four amendments proposed by PPPP – the only opposition party which did not oppose the passage of the bill sponsored by…

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National Assembly Passes One Bill, Adopts Two Resolutions

ISLAMABAD, May 18, 2015: The National Assembly passed one bill and adopted two resolutions during the first sitting of its 22nd session here on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Introduced by State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, the House passed the Capital University of Science and Technology Bill, 2015. The minister also presented…

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NA Session Marked by Low Attendance, Multiple Walkouts

ISLAMABAD, April 30, 2015: The 21st session of the National Assembly was marked by thin attendance of lawmakers as the House witnessed multiple protests/walkouts and the introduction of four private bills, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session, comprising seven sittings, started on April 20 and concluded on April 29, 2015. On average, each sitting started 26 minutes behind the schedule and lasted two hours and 37 minutes.

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FAFEN Forms Caucus on Parliamentary Reforms

ISLAMABAD, April 29, 2015: With the aim to strengthen democracy in the country, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has formed a caucus on parliamentary reforms which will work towards bringing necessary improvements in the parliamentary procedures. In this regard, the first meeting of the caucus – comprising various parliamentarians, journalists, civil society members and…

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POs Consume Half of National Assembly Sitting

ISLAMABAD, April 29, 2015: The last sitting of National Assembly’s 21st session was marked by thin attendance and nearly half of the proceedings’ time being consumed by points of order (POs), says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started 45 minutes behind the schedule with 81 lawmakers (24%) present at the start and…

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NA Sitting Marked by Opposition, Women MPs’ Walkouts

ISLAMABAD, April 28, 2015: The sixth sitting of the National Assembly’s ongoing session was marked by low attendance and walkouts staged by opposition and women lawmakers against obstruction in release of development funds, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started 24 minutes behind the schedule with 52 (15%) members present at the…

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