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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National Assembly Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, February 3, 2015: Starting 28 minutes behind the schedule, the second sitting of the National Assembly’s 18th session was marked by a debate on the recent petrol crisis amid low attendance of lawmakers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 68 members (20%) were present at the start of the sitting and 49…

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National Assembly Adopts Resolution to Condemn Shikarpur Tragedy

ISLAMABAD, February 2, 2015: Starting 40 minutes behind the schedule, the first sitting of the National Assembly’s 18th session was marked by low attendance of lawmakers and unanimous adoption of a resolution to condemn the bomb blast in Shikarpur on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 80 members (23%) were present at…

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Lack of Quorum, Low Attendance Mark 17th NA Session

ISLAMABAD, January 20, 2015: Low attendance, lack of quorum and excessive use of points of order marked the 17th session of the National Assembly amid the passage of the Constitution (21st Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Pakistan Army Amendment Bill 2015. The legislators consumed two hours and 54 minutes (10%) to debate the bills while…

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Two Bills Introduced, Resolution Adopted in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, January 16, 2015: Starting 19 minutes behind the schedule, the 13th (last) sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session witnessed the introduction of two bills and passage of a resolution amid low attendance, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Fifty-one lawmakers (15%) were present at the start of the sitting and 48…

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National Assembly Adopts Resolution against Blasphemous Caricatures

ISLAMABAD, January 15, 2015: The National Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution against blasphemous caricatures published by a French magazine during the 12th sitting of its ongoing 17th session on Thursday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Fifty-one lawmakers (15%) were present at the start of the sitting and 64 (19%) at the time of…

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National Assembly Sitting Adjourned due to Death of Lawmaker

ISLAMABAD, January 14, 2015: Starting 26 minutes behind schedule, the 11th sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session was adjourned due to the demise of PML-N lawmaker Rai Mansab Ali Khan, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting, that lasted 34 minutes, started at 1126 hours and ended at 1200 hours. The Prime…

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