13th National Assembly of Pakistan: Preliminary Annual Report 2011-2012

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, 2012. The outgoing year was particularly tumultuous for Pakistan as well as for the legislature in terms of agenda-setting that was difficult and critical.

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Most Schools in 85 Districts Without Playgrounds

Most Schools in 85 Districts Without Playgrounds

ISLAMABAD – Ninety five boys’ primary schools out of 161 monitored across 85 districts in January 2012 were found to be without playgrounds, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report released on Thursday. Similarly, 38 schools had no arrangements for clean drinking water for students while only eight had sanitary workers.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan Annual Report 2011-2012

FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan Annual Report 2011-2012

National security issues, political instability and executive-judiciary tension largely dominated the proceedings of the nine sessions of Senate held during July 2011 to March 2012. During this period, the Upper House had to respond to urgent matters such as the NATO raid on a Pakistani border post in Salala killing 24 soldiers, multi sector governance…

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Provincial Assembly of the Sindh: 32nd Session Report

After successfully observing the proceedings of the National Assembly, FAFEN has started observation of the provincial assemblies – Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan – and the Senate. This report is based on FAFEN’s direct observation of the 32th session of the Sindh Assembly, which was held between December 16, 2011 and January 26, 2012.

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Increase in Cases of Forced Marriages

Increase in Cases of Forced Marriages

A report based on monitoring of 84 DPO offices across Pakistan 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)…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Provincial Assembly of Punjab 35th Session Report

FAFEN Parliament Monitor Provincial Assembly of Punjab 35th Session Report

The 35th session of the Punjab Assembly that passed 11 new pieces of legislation was marked by the disinterest of Members in session proceedings. The session witnessed low attendance of Members in each of the 12 sittings and persistent lack of quorum. On average, only 11 out of 371 Members were present at the beginning…

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Price of 19 Commodities Go Up; 20 Others Down

Price of 19 Commodities Go Up; 20 Others Down

Kitchen fuels, fruit, and chicken register price increase Prices of vegetables, meat, sweeteners and eggs decline The prices of 19 commodities went up in February 2012 as compared with the preceding month while those of 20 came down and 13 remained unchanged. On average, there was a 2% increase in prices of commodities like kitchen…

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