National Assembly Sitting Marked by Lack of Quorum

ISLAMABAD, January 8, 2015: Starting 25 minutes behind schedule, the seventh sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session was marked by thin attendance with only 37 lawmakers (11%) present at the start and 23 (7%) at the end, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet. The quorum was visibly lacking at…

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National Assembly: Debate on APS Attack Continues

ISLAMABAD, January 7, 2015: Starting 25 minutes behind schedule, the sixth sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session witnessed continuation of debate on the terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Five lawmakers participated in the debate for 73 minutes. A QWP lawmaker spoke for 29 minutes, followed…

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National Assembly Passes 21st Amendment, Army Act Amendment Bills Unopposed

ISLAMABAD, January 6, 2015: The National Assembly passed the 21st Constitution Amendment Bill 2015 and the Pakistan Army Amendment Bill 2015 during the fifth sitting of the 17th session on Tuesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The House passed the Constitution (Twenty-first Amendment) Bill 2015 with 247 votes as no member voted against…

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National Assembly Discusses 21st Constitution Amendment Bill

ISLAMABAD, January 5, 2015: Starting an hour and five minutes behind the schedule, the fourth sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session on Monday was marked by a debate on the 21st Constitution Amendment Bill, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet. Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights introduced the…

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21st Amendment Bill, Pak Army Amendment Bill Tabled in NA

ISLAMABAD, January 3, 2015: Starting 58 minutes behind schedule, the third sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session witnessed the introduction of two major legislations, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet. The Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights introduced the Twenty-First Amendment Bill 2015 to amend the Constitution and…

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National Assembly Continues Debate on Peshawar Attack

ISLAMABAD, January 2, 2015: Starting 40 minutes behind schedule, the second sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session witnessed continuation of the debate on the terrorist attack in Peshawar, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 70 lawmakers (21%) were present at the start of the sitting and 38 (11%) at the time of…

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National Assembly Sitting Marked by Opposition’s Walkouts

ISLAMABAD, January 1, 2015: Starting 20 minutes behind schedule, the first sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session on Thursday witnessed a number of walkouts by opposition lawmakers against the absence of ministers and the government’s decision to increase GST on petroleum products, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 35 lawmakers (10%) were…

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National Assembly Session Marked by Low Interest of Members

ISLAMABAD, December 09, 2014: Low attendance of members, unfinished agenda, lack of quorum and points of order interrupting the regular proceedings marked the 16th session of the National Assembly, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its preliminary report on Tuesday.

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National Assembly Discusses Problems of IDPs

ISLAMABAD, December 8, 2014: Starting 25 minutes behind schedule, the ninth and last sitting of the National Assembly’s 16th session on Monday witnessed a discussion on problems being faced by the internally displaced persons (IDPs), says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). State Minister for Frontier Regions moved a motion under Rule 259 to discuss…

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NA Concludes Debate on President’s Address

ISLAMABAD, December 5, 2014: Starting 10 minutes behind schedule, the 8th sitting of the ongoing National Assembly session concluded debate on the presidential address to the parliament amid low attendance on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). With the presence of 18 lawmakers (5%) at the outset and 45 (13%) at the adjournment,…

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