Balochistan Assembly Passes Bill, Adopts Resolution

ISLAMABAD, May 5, 2015: The Balochistan Assembly passed a bill and adopted a resolution during the seventh sitting of its ongoing session on Tuesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The House passed the Balochistan Assembly Members’ Salaries, Allowances and Privileges (Amendment) Bill 2015, which was introduced by Minister for Services and General Administration…

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Senate: Question Hour Suspended due to Ministers’ Absence

ISLAMABAD, May 5, 2015: The Senate was forced to suspend its question hour due to ministerial absence on Tuesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started at its scheduled time of 1500 hours with 21 legislators (20%) present at the start and 38 (37%) at the time of adjournment. Thirty-six POs consumed…

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Sindh Assembly: 90% Agenda Left Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, May 5, 2015: The Sindh Assembly left 90% of its agenda unaddressed on Tuesday as the House continued to witness low attendance, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started 69 minutes behind the schedule with 38 members (23%) present at the start and 63 (38%) at the time of adjournment. The…

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Lengthy Senate Sitting Adopts Three Resolutions

ISLAMABAD, May 04, 2015: Starting at the scheduled time of 1600 hours, the Senate adopted three resolutions and concluded debate on a motion under Rule 218 regarding corruption in federal government departments during the first sitting of its 115th session on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The resolutions adopted by the House…

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Sindh Assembly Passes Three Bills amid Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, May 4, 2015: The Sindh Assembly passed three bills amid low attendance of lawmakers on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started 77 minutes behind the schedule with 49 (29%) lawmakers present at the start and 48 (28%) at the time of adjournment. The House passed the Indus University of…

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Balochistan Assembly Condemns Remarks against Armed Forces

ISLAMABAD, May 2, 2015: The Balochistan Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday to condemn MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s recent speech against the armed forces, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Four members (one each from PML-N, JUI-F, PML and PkMAP) spoke on the resolution, which was tabled by the Home Minister, for 19…

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Balochistan Assembly Concludes Debate on Trade Route

ISLAMABAD, April 30, 2015: The 5th sitting of the Balochistan Assembly’s ongoing session concluded debate on the proposed change in Kashgar-Gwadar trade route, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet on Thursday. The Chair admitted and merged two identical adjournments motions (AMs) for discussion on the subject during the first sitting…

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NA Session Marked by Low Attendance, Multiple Walkouts

ISLAMABAD, April 30, 2015: The 21st session of the National Assembly was marked by thin attendance of lawmakers as the House witnessed multiple protests/walkouts and the introduction of four private bills, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session, comprising seven sittings, started on April 20 and concluded on April 29, 2015. On average, each sitting started 26 minutes behind the schedule and lasted two hours and 37 minutes.

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FAFEN Forms Caucus on Parliamentary Reforms

ISLAMABAD, April 29, 2015: With the aim to strengthen democracy in the country, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has formed a caucus on parliamentary reforms which will work towards bringing necessary improvements in the parliamentary procedures. In this regard, the first meeting of the caucus – comprising various parliamentarians, journalists, civil society members and…

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POs Consume Half of National Assembly Sitting

ISLAMABAD, April 29, 2015: The last sitting of National Assembly’s 21st session was marked by thin attendance and nearly half of the proceedings’ time being consumed by points of order (POs), says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started 45 minutes behind the schedule with 81 lawmakers (24%) present at the start and…

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