Sindh Assembly Continues Debate on Finance Bill

ISLAMABAD, May 15, 2018: The Sindh Assembly continued general discussion on the provincial Annual Budget 2018-19 on Tuesday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during fourth sitting of the 40th session: Members’ Participation The Sindh Assembly met for three hours and 29 minutes. The…

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NA Concludes Debate on Federal Budget 2018-19

ISLAMABAD, May 15, 2018: The National Assembly on Tuesday concluded debate on Federal Budget for the year 2018-19 and approved 93 demands for grants of various departments, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during 11th sitting of the 56th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly met for three hours…

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Punjab Assembly Adjourned due to Lack of Quorum

ISLAMABAD, May 15, 2018: The Punjab Assembly was adjourned on Tuesday without transacting any agenda except one Starred Question amidst lack of quorum, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during second sitting of the 36th session: Members’ Participation The Punjab Assembly met…

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Balochistan Assembly Witnesses Presentation of Budget 2018-19

ISLAMABAD, May 14, 2018: The Government of Balochistan presented the Budget Statement for year 2018-19 in the Provincial Assembly on Monday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during first sitting of the Assembly’s 52nd session:  Members’ Participation  The Balochistan Assembly met for an hour and five minutes. The sitting started…

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Senate Takes up Most of its Agenda, Discusses Political Situation

 ISLAMABAD, May 14, 2018:  The Senate on Monday took up the most of its agenda appearing on the Orders of the Day and discussed political situation in the country, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the 11th sitting of 277th session:  Members’ Participation The Senate met…

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Sindh Assembly Condemns Former PM’s Remarks on Mumbai Attack

ISLAMABAD, May 14, 2018: The Sindh Assembly initiated budget discussion on Monday while also adopting a joint resolution against former Prime Minister’s remarks regarding Mumbai attacks, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during third sitting of the 40th session: Members’ Participation The Sindh…

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Punjab Finance Minister Presents Supplementary Budget 2017-18

ISLAMABAD, May 14, 2018: The Provincial Finance Minister presented the Supplementary Budget Statement for 2017-2018 in the Punjab Assembly on Monday amidst opposition’s protest against former Prime Minister’s statement regarding Mumbai attacks, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during first sitting of…

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National Assembly Condoles Death of PML-N Lawmaker

ISLAMABAD, May 14, 2018: The National Assembly did not take up its regular business on Monday to express condolence over the demise of PML-N lawmaker Rajab Ali Baloch who passed away last day after protracted illness, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during 10th sitting…

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Labour Laws Must Address Women Workers’ Issues

ISLAMABAD, May 13, 2018: The Parliament and the Provincial Assemblies need to improve the quality of labour legislation to make it consistent, applicable and in accordance with the law of the country and best international practices, besides ensuring that special measures to address women workers’ issues are incorporated in them, observes Women Action for Better Workplaces (WAction), a project implemented by Trust for Democratic Education & Accountability (TDEA), in a statement here on Sunday.

A qualitative analysis of the federal and provincial labour laws passed by the incumbent legislative assemblies was conducted by WAction that states that Pakistan has inherited and introduced a number of labour laws. As many as 130 federal and provincial laws partially cover the labour issues, while more than 80 laws are such which exclusively deal with labour related matters. The analysis further reveals that some parts of the labour laws have become obsolete and infructuous, warranting repeal, while some others need to evolve to keep pace with the changing realities of the modern day workforce. With little or no pressure from any quarters, efforts on part of the legislative assemblies to upgrade or consolidate this set of fragmented laws are virtually non-existent.

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Lack of Quorum Delays Budget Proceedings in NA

ISLAMABAD, May 11, 2018: The National Assembly did not wind up the debate on Federal Budget 2018-19 amidst lack of quorum on Friday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the ninth sitting of the 56th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly met for…

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