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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Low Medical Staff Occupancy Rate in THQs; Specialized Services Lacking

Low Medical Staff Occupancy Rate in THQs; Specialized Services Lacking

Seventy six Tehsil Headquarter Hospitals (THQs) monitored by FAFEN in January 2012 showed less than 50% occupancy rate of sanctioned positions for medical staff including anesthetists, gynecologists, ENT specialists and physicians. The situation was quite alarming in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan where all positions for specialized staff were not even sanctioned while in hospitals where…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 77th Session Report

FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 77th Session Report

Islamabad, February 26, 2012: During the 77th session, the Senate met for 18 hours and 15 minutes, an average of two hours and 50 minutes each day. Each sitting was delayed, on an average, by 37 minutes. The attendance of Senators was observed to be low, with an average 12 Members present at the outset…

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