13th National Assembly of Pakistan: Annual Report 2012-2013

The fifth parliamentary year of the 13th National Assembly witnessed the tussle between the executive and judiciary reaching the parliament as an elected Prime Minister was disqualified by the Supreme Court which also struck down the contempt of court law passed by the parliament. The first half of the parliamentary year was consumed by the tussle between the judiciary and the executive over implementing the Supreme Court’s verdict in the NRO case as the National Assembly passed two resolutions to express confidence in the leadership of the Prime Minister and backing the Speaker’s decision of not sending the premier’s disqualification to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

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Extortion Cases Proliferate 15% upsurge in Motor Vehicle Lifting

Extortion Cases Proliferate 15% upsurge in Motor Vehicle Lifting

Extortion cases sharply increased 16 times during October (427 FIRs; 8 districts) as compared to September (25; 8). Sindh’s four districts contributed 80% share while Karachi East (305) and Sheikhupura (59) stood as the highest reporting districts. FAFEN Crime Monitors, who visited 91 offices of District Police Officers, also reported an overall 6% growth in…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Provincial Assembly of Punjab 43rd Session Report

FAFEN Parliament Monitor Provincial Assembly of Punjab 43rd Session Report

ISLAMABAD, Jan 8, 2013: The 43rd session of the Punjab Assembly witnessed passage of 14 treasury-backed bills with three of them seeking to establish universities for women, says a preliminary report by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Tuesday. The session’s 14 sittings from 13 December 2012 to 7 January 2013 also witnessed delays…

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Teaching Positions Vacant in Girls' Secondary Schools

Teaching Positions Vacant in Girls’ Secondary Schools

Low government oversight FAFEN Education Institution Monitor: A report based on monitoring of 90 government girls’ secondary schools in 61 districts Out of the sanctioned 2,246 teaching positions for 90 schools monitored across 61 districts in October, 218 were unoccupied – a vacancy rate of 10%. Sindh had the highest percentage of vacant positions (22%), followed by Balochistan,…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 48th Session Report

FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 48th Session Report

Islamabad, December 26, 2012: The 48th session of the National Assembly witnessed the passage of two treasury-backed bills as well as the Fair Trial Bill 2012 amid low members’ attendance, leaving 60% of the agenda appearing on the orders of the day unaddressed. The house passed three government bills and introduced eight, sending them to…

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BHUs Lack Trained Staff for Disease Control Programs

BHUs Lack Trained Staff for Disease Control Programs

ISLAMABAD, December 11, 2012: Half of the monitored Basic Health Units (BHUs) did not have specially trained staff to treat tuberculosis (TB) patients while around one-third lacked staff to run the Control of Diarrheal Disease (CDD) and Malaria Control Programs (MCP), says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report released here on Tuesday.

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