85th Session of Senate: Half of agenda items left unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, September 8, 2012: Protests and walkouts by the opposition parties and coalition partners over petroleum prices and law and order along with low attendance of Senators marked Senate’s 85th session, leaving 52% of the agenda items unaddressed, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) preliminary report on Saturday.

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Senate debates law and order

ISLAMABAD, September 7, 2012: Starting 45 minutes late, the fifth sitting of the 85th session on Friday witnessed a walkout by Senators of a government ally – ANP – over issuance of the local government ordinance for Sindh.

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ANP Boycotts NA Session

ISLAMABAD, September 7, 2012: Starting an hour and three minutes late, the fifth sitting of the 45th session on Friday witnessed a walkout by the legislators of a government ally over issuance of the local government ordinance for Sindh. ANP announced that it would boycott the remaining session.

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KP Assembly: Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, September 7, 2012: Starting 31 minutes late, the sixth sitting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s 27th session met for two hours and 46 minutes on Friday. It witnessed low attendance of MPAs. Only 34 (27% of total Membership) were present at the start, while 35 (28%) were there at the adjournment.

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Low Attendance Sitting Debates Law and Order

ISLAMABAD, September 6, 2012: The fourth sitting of the 85th session of Senate lasted two hours and 56 minutes on Thursday witnessed low attendance of Senators. Only six were present when the proceedings began while 13 were there at the adjournment of the sitting.

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Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, September 6, 2012: Starting 66 minutes late, the National Assembly met for two hours and 39 minutes on Thursday adopted a Resolutions paying tribute to the army to mark the Defence Day. The sitting was also witness by low attendance as only 104 Members were present at the outset and 66 were there when the sitting was adjourned.

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12% police stations need proper buildings

ISLAMABAD, September 6: Monitoring during the April-June 2012 quarter showed 20 police stations not housed in proper buildings although alternatives were available, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report. The report released Thursday said FAFEN monitors visited 171 police stations in 98 districts.

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Sitting Marked by Ministerial Absence

ISLAMABAD, September 5, 2012: Starting 40 minutes behind schedule, the third sitting of Senate’s 85th session witnessed a 25-minute protest by the ANP, JUIF, PML and MQM Senators. They expressed their reservations over the responses received during the question hour.

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Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, September 5, 2012: The National Assembly met for two hours and 38 minutes during the third sitting of the ongoing 45th session on Wednesday witnessing low attendance of Members as only 78 were present at the outset and 112 were there at the adjournment.

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