94% legislators stay away from debate on PCNS

ISLAMABAD, April 13: The joint session of the parliament from March 20-April 12 saw only one-fourth of the session time being spent on debating the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) formed to review relations with the United States and general foreign policy.

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Joint Sitting Adopts Resolution on National Security

ISLAMABAD, April 12, 2012: Starting two hours and 42 minutes behind schedule, the last Joint Sitting of the Parliament, which met for an hour and 44 minutes on Thursday, unanimously adopted a Resolution on national interest and foreign policy.

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Single MNA Debates PCNS Report

ISLAMABAD, April 10, 2012: Starting an hour behind schedule, the Joint Sitting of the Parliament met for two hours and 14 minutes on Tuesday. Out of the 195 legislators attending the sitting, only one spoke on the report of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security for 15 minutes.

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Six Legislators Debate PCNS Report

ISLAMABAD, April 9: Starting an hour and three minutes behind schedule, the Joint Sitting of the Parliament, which met for three hours and 57 minutes on Monday, did not take up the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2009. 

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Sitting passes two bills and a Resolution

ISLAMABAD, April 5: Starting an hour and 14 minutes behind schedule, the Joint Sitting of the Parliament, which met for three hour and 29 minutes on Thursday, unanimously passed the NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology Multan Bill 2009 and the Pakistan Trade Control of Wild Fauna and Flora Bill 2010.

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Seven legislators debate PCNS report

ISLAMABAD, March 30, 2012: Starting 60 minutes behind schedule, the Joint Sitting of the Parliament met for an hour and 23 minutes on Friday, as seven legislators debated the report of the body on security.

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Only Four Legislators Debate on the National Security Report

ISLAMABAD, March 28, 2012: Starting 63 minutes behind schedule, the Joint Sitting of the Parliament met for two hours and 16 minutes on Wednesday. Out of the 246 legislators attending the sitting, only four legislators – two each of the Senate and National Assembly – spoke on the report of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security for 47 minutes (35% of sitting time).

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Sitting Marked by Protests by ANP and MQM

ISLAMABAD, March 27, 2012: Starting an hour and 50 minutes behind schedule, the Joint Sitting of the Parliament met for three hour and 12 minutes as it witnessed two walkouts and passed a bill on Tuesday. The legislators of ANP and MQM respectively walked out of the House over delay in starting the sitting and the law and order Karachi.

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Points of Order consume 81% of sitting time

ISLAMABAD, March 26, 2012: Starting two hours and 20 minutes behind schedule, the Joint Sitting of the Parliament met for three hour and five minutes. Twenty-six Points of Order consumed 81% of the sitting time. However, none of the Points of Order raised attracted the Chair’s formal ruling.

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Difficult Agenda, Firm Response Another Year of Political Consensus

ISLAMABAD, March 20, 2012: Geo-strategic challenges, national security, political instability, civil-military relations and executive-judiciary tension largely defined the agenda for the 13th National Assembly during its fourth parliamentary year that ended on March 17, according to a preliminary report released by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Tuesday.

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