Low government oversight of police stations

ISLAMABAD, May 18: Sixty-nine visits were made by government officials/elected representatives to 100 police stations monitored across the country during January-March 2012 which means at least 31 were ignored altogether, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

The report released Thursday said that informed and regular government oversight is


Low attendance of MPAs late starts mark 25th KP Assembly session

ISLAMABAD, May 15, 2012: Low Attendance of MPAs, Points of Order interrupting regular proceedings and late starts marked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s 25th session, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) preliminary report on Tuesday.

The Assembly passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local


Sitting marked by low attendance

ISLAMABAD, May 14, 2012:  The fifth sitting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s 25th session, which met for an hour and 29 minutes, on Monday witnessed low attendance of Members.   A total of 29 Members (23% of total Membership) were present at the start


Protests, walkouts mar Senate session; consume 34% of time

ISLAMABAD, May 11, 2012: Protests and walkouts by opposition parties and coalition partners interrupting regular proceedings, and low attendance of Senators marked the Senate’s 81st session, leaving 54% of the agenda items listed on the Orders of the Day unaddressed, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) preliminary report on Friday.


Senate witnesses two protests by PMLN and PML

ISLAMABAD, May 10, 2012: The eighth sitting of Senate’s 81st session on Wednesday witnessed a walkout by the opposition PMLN over the Prime Minister’s conviction in the contempt case and a protest by a government ally, PML, over power outages and ministerial absence.


PA meets for 80 minutes; adopts Resolutions on provinces

ISLAMABAD, May 9, 2012: Starting two hours and 20 minutes behind schedule, the first sitting of 37th session of the Punjab Assembly unanimously passed two Resolutions on restoring the Bahawalpur province and creating a new one in South Punjab.  The sitting, which lasted an hour and 20 minutes on Wednesday, witnessed relatively better attendance of…


Law and order debate lasts just 91 minutes

ISLAMABAD, May 9, 2012: Low attendance of Members, late starts, Points of Order interrupting regular proceedings and a brief discussion on law and order marked the Sindh Assembly’s 35th session as it adopted a Resolution backing the Prime Minister as democratically elected chief executive, says a


Walkouts by coalition partners and opposition

ISLAMABAD, May 9, 2012: The seventh sitting of Senate’s 81st session, which met for two hours and 17 minutes, witnessed walkouts by the opposition and the coalition partners of the government over the prime minister’s conviction and the provincial autonomy.


Child mortality on the rise

A report based on the monitoring of 74 health facilities in as many districts across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, May 8: Of the 74 districts monitored in February, five reported 189 incidents of child mortality as compared to the preceding month when 157 children died in seven districts. Also, 51