Balochistan Assembly Debates Changes in Kashgar-Gwadar Trade Route

ISLAMABAD, April 21, 2015: The second sitting of the Balochistan Assembly’s ongoing session was marked by an extensive debate on proposed change in the Kashgar-Gwadar trade route, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Tuesday. The Chair had admitted and merged two identical adjournments motions (AMs) for a discussion on the subject during the…

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Senate Sets Precedent for Punctuality

ISLAMABAD, April 21, 2015: The 114th session of the Senate witnessed a marked improvement in parliamentary business as the House strictly followed the schedule and witnessed a considerable decrease in misuse of points of order (POs). The session, comprising seven sittings, started on April 6 and concluded on April 20, 2015 – with all the sittings starting on time.

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Chinese President Addresses Parliament’s Joint Session

ISLAMABAD, April 21, 2015: In a historic event to improve Pak-China relations, the President of People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping addressed the joint session of the Parliament on Tuesday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session started with the national anthems of both countries. The Chinese President addressed the House for…

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Six Ordinances Laid, Three Bills Introduced in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, April 20, 2015: The first sitting of 21th session of National Assembly witnessed introduction of three bills and presentation of six ordinances on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet. State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs presented the Safeguard Measures (Amendment) Ordinance 2015, the Countervailing Duties Ordinance 2015, the Anti-dumping…

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Senate Winds Up Debate on Import of LNG

ISLAMABAD, April 20, 2015: Starting at the scheduled time of 1500 hours, the Senate concluded debate on the import of LNG and the agreements made or proposed in this regard during the 7th (last) sitting of 114th session on Monday, say Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Twelve lawmakers- PPPP (6), PML-N & PTI (2…

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Balochistan Assembly Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, April 18, 2015: Starting 30 minutes behind schedule, the first sitting of the Balochistan Assembly’s 17th session was marked by low attendance of lawmakers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Saturday. Seventeen members (26%) were present at the start of the sitting and 19 (29%) at the time of adjournment. The Leader…

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Lack of Quorum Marks Sindh Assembly Sitting

ISLAMABAD, April 17, 2015: The Sindh Assembly continued to witness low attendance as only 16 (9%) legislators were present at the start and 44 (26%) at the adjournment of the 6th sitting of the ongoing 19th session on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network in its daily factsheet. The quorum was visibly lacking at…

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Low Attendance Senate Sitting Takes up Two CANs

ISLAMABAD, April 17, 2015: Starting one minute before the scheduled time, the Senate took up two calling attention notices (CANs) during the 6th sitting of its ongoing 114th session on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started at 1014 hours against its scheduled time of 1015 hours with 28 legislators (27%)…

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Low Attendance Persists in Senate

ISLAMABAD, April 16, 2015: The Senate continued to witness low attendance on Thursday as the House passed the Securities Bill 2015 to amend and consolidate laws regulating the securities industry, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started at its scheduled time with 28 legislators (27%) present at the start and 38 (37%)…

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Senate Eulogizes Services of Deceased Lawmaker

ISLAMABAD, April 15, 2015: The fourth sitting of the Senate’s ongoing session was cut short due to the demise of ANP Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Hoti on Wednesday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started at its scheduled time with 20 legislators (19%) present at the start and 48 (46%) at…

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