National Assembly: Resolution Against Anchorpersons Adopted

ISLAMABAD, March 06, 2013: Starting 35 minutes late, the 13th sitting of the National Assembly’s session adopted a resolution to demand action against “anchorpersons who are telecasting programmes against parliamentarians…without verification of the facts.”

The sitting which lasted for two hours and 42


Senate: Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill Passed

ISLAMABAD, March 05, 2013: The Senate, which met for two hours and 28 minutes in the 10th sitting of the 91st session, passed the Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2013.

An ordinance – the Federal Ombudsmen Institutional Reforms Ordinance 2013 – was laid and a


National Assembly Leaves Most Agenda Un-addressed

ISLAMABAD, March 05, 2013: Starting an hour late, the National Assembly in the 12th sitting of the 50th session left most agenda appearing on the Orders of the Day unaddressed as the house discussed the incident of recent bomb blast in Karachi for an hour and


Senate Debated Karachi Bomb Blast; Bill Passed

ISLAMABAD, March 04, 2013: The Senators, in the 9th sitting of the ongoing 91st session, condemned the Karachi bomb blast by 21 points of order. Abolition of Discretionary Quotas in Housing Schemes Bill 2012 was unanimoulsy passed while the other bill, the Regulation of Foreign Contribution Bill 2013, was introduced and referred to the standing committee.


57 killed, 50 injured in last week of February

Islamabad, March 4, 2013: Political violence claimed the lives of 57 people with 50 sustaining injuries in 29 incidents from February 23 to March 1, 2013 – a sharp decrease from the preceding week\’s 163 killed and 225 injured, says the Free and Fair Election Network


National Assembly: MPs’ 741 interventions focus on labour laws

ISLAMABAD, March 3, 2013: Formation of trade unions, relations between employees and employers, recruiting policies in government service and social security institutions were the lawmakers’ focus on the issue of employment in the 13th National Assembly, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report on Sunday.


DHQs Lack Specialized Medical Services

A report based on monitoring of 65 District Head Quarters Hospitals across Pakistan in December 2012.

ISLAMABAD, 2nd March 2013: At least 45% District Headquarter Hospitals (DHQs) did not have cardiology, chest specialist, orthopedic and psychiatry departments, says a Free and Fair Election (FAFEN) report.


National Assembly Leaves Most of Agenda Items Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, March 1, 2013: Starting 40 minutes late, the 10th sitting of ongoing 50th session which met for an hour and six minutes on Friday left most of the agenda unaddressed. The sitting also witnessed low attendance as 57 legislators were present at the start while 35 were there at the adjournment.


16 out of 23 Recorded Postings and Transfers among Police in Punjab

ISLAMABAD, March 1, 2013: 23 postings and transfers recorded in 11 districts across Pakistan. Eight of the districts were in Punjab, two in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and one in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Pre-Election Update 7.

Most of the