NA Suspends Regular Agenda to Debate upon Abbottabad Incident

ISLAMABAD, May 9, 2011: The sixteenth sitting of the 30th session of the National Assembly met for three hours and 23 minutes. The sitting was marked by low Members’ attendance, with 92 Members present at the outset and 58 were present when the sitting was adjourned. The National Assembly suspended the regular agenda to debate…

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DHQs Lack Specialized Services, Facilities

ISLAMABAD, May 4, 2011: The state-run healthcare facilities at district level lack many specialized medical services and facilities, pushing the administration of these secondary care hospitals to refer the patients with serious medical conditions to tertiary care hospitals in big cities, which are already overburdened and few in number.

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29 Commodities Register 8% Price Increase in April 2011

ISLAMABAD, April 30, 2011: As many as 29 consumer commodities including fruits, potato, rice and vegetable ghee registered an average increase of 8% during April 2011 as compared to March 2011, while 18 commodities including some important items like onion, tomato, poultry products and pulses registered an average decrease of 5%.

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NA Approves Motion of Thanks on President’s Address

ISLAMABAD, April 29, 2011: The National Assembly dealt with a majority of agenda items listed in the Orders of the Day during the 15th sitting. With the exception of a Calling Attention Notice, all the listed business was disposed off as the House passed “The General Statistics (Reorganization) Bill, 2011” and approved the Motion of…

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Government Boys’ Primary Schools Lack Sanitation and Security Staff

ISLAMABAD, 28th April, 2011: A majority of government boys’ primary schools, monitored during March 2011, did not have the services of sanitary and support staff. According to FAFEN’s Education Institution Monitor, as many as 94% of monitored schools did not have a serving sanitary worker, 81% were without security guards and 70% did not have a peon. Non-teaching staff are important for providing support and assistance in the management and maintenance of schools.

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14th Sitting Continues Debate on Presidential Address

ISLAMABAD, April 28, 2011: As many as ten members of the National Assembly took part in the ongoing debate on presidential address, which consumed 68% of 14th sitting time, and attempted to dispose off majority of listed agenda items while the quorum issues persisted. Only 11% members were present at the outset of the sitting…

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High Turnout, Suspicious Voting Patterns and Procedural Irregularities Mark GBLA-19 Ghizer-I By-Election

ISLAMABAD, April 28, 2011: A high turnout, suspicious voting patterns at 16 polling stations, inadequate and disparate arrangements for voters, procedural irregularities and the flawed method of identifying genuine voters marked the GBLA-19 Ghizer-I by-election, held on April 28, 2011, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of the Ghizer-I By-Election Observation.

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Productive 13th Sitting takes on all Listed Agenda

ISLAMABAD, April 27, 2011: The National Assembly disposed off almost entire agenda set for sitting during the course of 13th sitting of the ongoing 30th session. The agenda-focused 13th sitting was relatively better attended by Members with 67 members present when the sitting was started while 133 members were present when the sitting was adjourned.…

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Points of Order Consume Almost Two Thirds of 12th Sitting Time

ISLAMABAD, April 26, 2011: The National Assembly met for an hour and 53 minutes in the 12th sitting of the ongoing 30th session, which was marked by 29 Points of Order being raised by the members consuming almost two thirds of the sitting time (64% of total sitting time). The sitting which started 70 minutes late witnessed low attendance of Members, with only 63 Members present at the beginning and 102 present when the sitting was adjourned.

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Points of Order Consume More Than Half of 11th Sitting Time

ISLAMABAD, April 25, 2011: The National Assembly met for two hours and 51 minutes in the 11th sitting of the ongoing 30th session with low attendance of the members. The sitting which started 64 minutes late witnessed low attendance of Members, with only 72 Members present at the beginning and 53 present when the sitting was adjourned.

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