Finance Bill Presented in Senate

ISLAMABAD, June 5, 2015: The Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization presented a copy of the Finance Bill 2015, containing the Annual Budget Statement during the first sitting of the 116th session on Friday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Starting 32 minutes behind the schedule, the sitting witnessed…

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115th Senate Session: Marked Increase in Sittings’ Time Observed

ISLAMABAD, May 25, 2015: The 115th Senate session witnessed a marked increase in sittings’ time and a considerable decrease in lawmakers’ attendance as the House passed three government bills and adopted 13 private resolutions, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session, comprising 13 sittings, started on May 4 and ended on May 20,…

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Senate Passes Gas Cess Bill amid Protest

ISLAMABAD, May 20, 2015: The Senate passed the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess Bill 2015 amid protest by the opposition parties here on Wednesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Nineteen lawmakers- PPPP (5), MQM (3), PTI, PkMAP, NP, ANP (2 each), PML, BNP-A (one each) and an Independent lawmaker-participated in…

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Points of Order Consume 82% of Senate Sitting

ISLAMABAD, May 19, 2015: The Senate continued to witness thin attendance of lawmakers on Tuesday as a major part of the sitting was consumed by points of order (POs), says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 13 lawmakers were present at the start of the sitting and 28 at the time of adjournment. The…

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Senate Adopts Two Resolutions amid Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, May 18, 2015: The Upper House of Parliament adopted two resolutions and concluded debate on motions under Rule 218 amid low attendance of lawmakers on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. The sitting started as per schedule with 22 (21%) senators present at the start and 37 (36%)…

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Two Bills Introduced in Senate

ISLAMABAD, May 15, 2015: The Senate continued to witness low attendance on Friday as two bills and as many ordinances were presented during the sitting, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started as per schedule with 13 (12%) senators present at the start and 30 (29%) at the time of adjournment. The…

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Low Attendance Persists in Senate

ISLAMABAD, May 14, 2015: The Senate continued to witness low attendance of lawmakers on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started at its scheduled time of 1000 hours with 12 (11%) lawmakers present at the start and 48 (46%) at the time of adjournment. The House discussed three various issues raised…

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Senate Condemns Attack on Ismaili Community in Karachi

ISLAMABAD, May 13, 2015: The Senate adopted a resolution to condemn the attack on the Ismaili community on Wednesday that killed at least 43 people and injured several others, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The resolution was tabled by a PPPP senator and passed unanimously by the House. The lawmakers also offered prayers…

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Senate Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, May 12, 2015: The Senate continued to witness low attendance on Tuesday as 20 lawmakers (19%) were present at the start of the sitting and 32 (31%) at the time of adjournment, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Four lawmakers discussed the annual report on the observance and implementation of the federation’s principles…

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Senate Leaves 60% Agenda Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, May 11, 2015: The Upper House of the Parliament left 60% of its agenda unaddressed on Monday as the House continued to witness low attendance of lawmakers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started at its scheduled time with 18 legislators (17%) present at the start and 26 (25%) at the…

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