Difficult Agenda, Firm Response Another Year of Political Consensus

ISLAMABAD, March 20, 2012: Geo-strategic challenges, national security, political instability, civil-military relations and executive-judiciary tension largely defined the agenda for the 13th National Assembly during its fourth parliamentary year that ended on March 17, according to a preliminary report released by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Tuesday.

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Parliament’s Joint Sitting Meets for 62 Minutes

ISLAMABAD, March 20, 2012: Starting 45 minutes behind schedule, the Joint Sitting of the Parliament met for an hour and two minutes. A total of 172 (combined of both the Houses) Members were present at the start while 185 were there when the sitting was adjourned. A maximum of 207 Members were present during a point of the sitting.

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Sindh Assembly Passes Two Resolutions

ISLAMABAD, March 20: Starting an hour and 30 minutes behind schedule, the 12th sitting of Sindh Assembly’s 34th session, which met for three hours and 13 minutes on Tuesday, unanimously passed two resolutions. The Quorum, visibly lacking at various stages during the sitting, was not pointed out by any of the Member. The first Resolution…

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Sitting starts after 90-minute delay

ISLAMABAD, March 19: The 11th sitting of Sindh Assembly’s 34th session, starting an hour and 30 minutes behind the schedule, met for an hour and 38 minutes on Monday. Thirty-Three MPAs were present when the House opened proceedings and 78 were there when the sitting was adjourned. The parliamentary leaders of the PML, PPPP, PMLF,…

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President Addresses the Joint Sitting of Parliament

ISLAMABAD, March 17: The joint sitting of the Parliament met for an hour and three minutes, with almost 77% Membership of both the National Assembly and Senate present. The sitting, which started 22 minutes late, met a constitutional obligation for a presidential address at the start of the new parliamentary year.

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NA leaves all formal agenda

ISLAMABAD, March 16, 2012: The National Assembly lasting for an hour and 50 minutes during the third and final sitting of the 40th session on Friday, could not conduct any formal proceedings due to continuous sloganeering and protests by MQM legislators against extortion in Karachi.

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Sindh Assembly Meets for 15 minutes

ISLAMABAD, March 16: The tenth sitting of Sindh Assembly’s 34th session, starting an hour and 30 minutes behind schedule, had to be adjourned within 15 minutes without conducting any business, due to protests and sloganeering by MQM against extortion, lawlessness and terrorism in Karachi. The Assembly will now meet on Monday. Eighty MPAs were present…

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Increase in cases of forced marriages

ISLAMABAD, March 15, 2012: An increase in cases of forced marriages was recorded in December 2011 with an average 14 First Information Reports (FIRs) being filed per district as compared to eight in the preceding month, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report on Thursday.

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Low Attendance continues in NA

ISLAMABAD, March 15, 2012: Starting 50 minutes late, the National Assembly met for two hours and 23 minutes during its second sitting of the 40th session on Thursday, continued to witness low attendance by the MPs. With 41 Legislators present at the start and 51 when the sitting was adjourned. A maximum of 136 Members were observed at any time of the sitting.

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NA Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, March 14, 2012: The National Assembly met for three hours during the first sitting of the 40th session on Wednesday, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly proceedings.

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