110th Senate session: Quorum pointed out in three out of five sittings

ISLAMABAD, February 11, 2015: The 110th session of the Senate was marked by low attendance and participation of lawmakers and protest/walkouts over ministerial absence and changes in the proposed route of Pak-China Economic Corridor, says Free and Fair Election Network on Wednesday. As many as 54 (52%) out of 104 senators did not participate in…

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Two Bills Introduced, Ordinance Laid in Senate

ISLAMABAD, February 6, 2015: Starting 28 minutes behind schedule, the fifth (last) sitting of the Senate’s 110th session witnessed the introduction of two bills and presentation of an ordinance amid low attendance of lawmakers. Only four senators (4%) were present at the start of the sitting and 29 (28%) at the time of adjournment.  A…

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Senate Sitting Adjourned due to Lack of Quorum

ISLAMABAD, February 4, 2015: The fourth sitting of the Senate’s 110th session was adjourned due to lack of quorum amid walkouts by the treasury and opposition lawmakers. The House adopted a resolution tabled by a PML-N senator to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people and pay tribute to their sacrifices. Over half of the agenda…

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Senate Sitting Adjourned due to Opposition’s Walkout

ISLAMABAD, February 3, 2015: Starting 37 minutes behind schedule, the third sitting of the Senate’s 110th session was adjourned due to lack of quorum following a walkout by opposition lawmakers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet. Nearly half of the agenda (including two bills, an ordinance and discussion on a…

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Two Bills Introduced, Resolution Adopted in Senate

ISLAMABAD, February 2, 2015: Starting 40 minutes behind the schedule, the second sitting of the Senate’s 110th session witnessed the introduction of two bills, adoption of a resolution and debate on the National Internal Security Policy 2014-18 amid low attendance of lawmakers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only eighteen members (17%) were present…

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Senate: All agenda items except questions remain unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, January 30, 2015: Starting one hour and five minutes behind the schedule, the first sitting of the Senate’s 110th session left all agenda items except the questions unaddressed on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The quorum was pointed out by an ANP Senator Zahid Khan following which the sitting was suspended…

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Senate Passes 21st Constitution Amendment, Army Act Amendment

ISLAMABAD, January 6, 2015: Starting 83 minutes behind the schedule, the 12th (last) sitting of the Senate’s 109th session witnessed the passage of the 21st Constitution Amendment Bill 2015 and the Pakistan Army Amendment Bill 2015, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet. Fifty-two members (50%) were present at the start…

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Senate: 75% of the Agenda Left Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, January 5, 2015: Starting 26 minutes behind the schedule, the 11th sitting of the Senate’s 109th session left 75% of the agenda unaddressed on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The House did not take up four motions under Rules 218 regarding progress on development projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; Civil Services Reforms…

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Senate Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, January 2, 2015:  Starting 15 minutes behind the schedule, the 10th sitting of the Senate’s 109th session on Friday continued a debate on the Presidential address to the Parliament amid low attendance, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Four lawmakers – one each belonging to PkMAP, PPPP MQM and PML-N – spoke in…

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