National Assembly Adopts Resolution against Blasphemous Caricatures

ISLAMABAD, January 15, 2015: The National Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution against blasphemous caricatures published by a French magazine during the 12th sitting of its ongoing 17th session on Thursday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Fifty-one lawmakers (15%) were present at the start of the sitting and 64 (19%) at the time of…

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National Assembly Sitting Adjourned due to Death of Lawmaker

ISLAMABAD, January 14, 2015: Starting 26 minutes behind schedule, the 11th sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session was adjourned due to the demise of PML-N lawmaker Rai Mansab Ali Khan, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting, that lasted 34 minutes, started at 1126 hours and ended at 1200 hours. The Prime…

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Only four election petitions decided in December 2014

ISLAMABAD, January 14, 2015: Only four cases were decided by the election tribunals in December 2014 whereas a petition decided earlier has been remanded back by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. So far 358 out of 411 post-election disputes (332 out of 385 by tribunals and 26 by ECP) have been decided, while another 53…

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Points of Order Consume Two-Third of National Assembly Sitting

ISLAMABAD, January 13, 2015: Nearly 71% of the agenda was left unaddressed by the National Assembly as points of order (POs) consumed two-third of the proceedings on Tuesday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet. Two bills – the Emigration (Amendment) Bill 2014 and the Special Citizens Bill 2015 –…

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National Assembly Concludes Debate on Peshawar Attack

ISLAMABAD, January 12, 2015: Starting an hour and 35 minutes behind schedule, the National Assembly concluded debate on terrorist attack in Peshawar during the 9th sitting of 17th session on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 36 lawmakers (11%) were present at the start of the sitting and 27 (8%) at the…

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National Assembly Sitting Adjourned due to Lack of Quorum

ISLAMABAD, January 9, 2015: Starting 19 minutes behind the schedule, the eighth sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session was adjourned due to lack of quorum on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 22 (6%) lawmakers were present at the outset and 74 (22%) at the time of adjournment. A maximum of…

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National Assembly Sitting Marked by Lack of Quorum

ISLAMABAD, January 8, 2015: Starting 25 minutes behind schedule, the seventh sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session was marked by thin attendance with only 37 lawmakers (11%) present at the start and 23 (7%) at the end, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet. The quorum was visibly lacking at…

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National Assembly: Debate on APS Attack Continues

ISLAMABAD, January 7, 2015: Starting 25 minutes behind schedule, the sixth sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session witnessed continuation of debate on the terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Five lawmakers participated in the debate for 73 minutes. A QWP lawmaker spoke for 29 minutes, followed…

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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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