National Assembly: Five Bills Introduced, One Passed

ISLAMABAD, March 16, 2015: The National Assembly passed one bill and witnessed introduction of five more bills amid low attendance of lawmakers during first sitting of its 20th session on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The House passed the Seed (Amendment) Bill, 2014 while the introduced bills include the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015; the Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2015; the Hindu Marriage Bill, 2015; the Banks (Nationalization) (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Capital University of Science and Technology Bill, 2015.

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One-day NA Session Witnesses Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, March 04, 2015:  Starting 50 minutes behind the schedule, the sole sitting of 19th session of the National Assembly witnessed low attendance of lawmakers on Wednesday, says Free and Fair Election Network in its daily factsheet. One hundred and twenty lawmakers (35%) were present at the start and 93 (27%) at the time of…

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NA Session: Almost Half of Agenda Left Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, February 13, 2015: The 18th session of the National Assembly concluded on Friday without passing any legislation and left 46% of its agenda unaddressed, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its preliminary report.

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National Assembly Leaves Entire Agenda Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, February 13, 2015: The National Assembly left its entire agenda unaddressed as low attendance and joint walkouts continued during the last sitting of the 18th session on Friday. The session was prorogued when the quorum, pointed out by a lawmaker, was found to be incomplete upon counting. The sitting started 35 minutes behind the…

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POs Consume 60% of National Assembly Sitting

ISLAMABAD, February 12, 2015: The National Assembly left its entire agenda unaddressed as points of order (POs) consumed 60% of the sitting on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The agenda included two calling attention notices (CANs) regarding the “dubious” bidding process for the contract of Muzaffarabad-Pir Chinasi road and visa free entry…

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NA Sitting Marked by Low Attendance, Joint Boycott

ISLAMABAD, February 11, 2015: Starting 25 minutes behind the schedule, the seventh sitting of the National Assembly’s 18th session was marked by low attendance of lawmakers and a joint boycott against increase in GST on petroleum products. Thirty-eight (11%) lawmakers were present at the start of the sitting and 75 (22%) at the time of…

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National Assembly: 61% Agenda Left Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, February 10, 2015: The National Assembly left 61% of the agenda items unaddressed on Tuesday as the sitting was adjourned due to lack of quorum amid boycott against increase in GST on petroleum products and other commodities. Fifty-one (15%) lawmakers were present at the start of the sitting and 42 (12%) at the time…

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National Assembly: Opposition, QWP Stage Walkout over GST hike

ISLAMABAD, February 9, 2015: Starting 47 minutes behind the schedule, the fifth sitting of the National Assembly’s ongoing 18th session was marked by low attendance of lawmakers and a joint walkout against increase in GST on petroleum products. Only 45 (13%) lawmakers were present at the start of the sitting and 70 (20%) at the…

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National Assembly Sitting Marked by Lack of Quorum

ISLAMABAD, February 6, 2015: The National Assembly continued to witness low attendance on Friday as only 27 (8%) lawmakers were present at the start and 18 (5%) at the end of the fourth sitting of the ongoing session. The quorum was visibly lacking during the entire sitting. However, it was not pointed out by any…

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Low Attendance Persists in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, February 4, 2015: Starting 27 minutes behind the schedule, the third sitting of the National Assembly’s 18th session continued to witness low attendance of lawmakers. The House unanimously adopted a resolution to express solidarity with people in Kashmir and demanded the United Nations and international community to play its role in resolving the dispute…

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