Balochistan PA: Role of Standing Committees Remain Weak in Legislative Process

No Private Member’s Bill Introduced in 10th Balochistan Assembly Governance Issues Top Priority in Legislation The committees in the Parliamentary democracies are considered as eyes and ears of the legislature. Their role is important to oversee and monitor the working of various ministries of the government and much of the House business is handled through…

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Heavy Reliance on Ordinances for legislation in Punjab

Standing Committees Take Longer Time to Report Back on Legislative Proposals No Private Member Bill passed in 16th Punjab Assembly so far The 16th Provincial Assembly of Punjab passed 137 government bills during 25 sessions held between June 1, 2013 and December 5, 2016, mainly focusing on Governance, Education, Elections and Human Rights. The lawmakers…

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Treasury-Opposition Confrontation Mars National Assembly Agenda

The National Assembly could not address its scheduled business during 38th session that ended on December 20, 2016. The five-sitting session had three government bills and heavy Private Members’ business on its agenda but the House did not take up any agenda item appearing on Orders of the Day. The Question Hour was also held…

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MPs Interest in HR Issues Not Getting Matching Response from Govt

ISLAMABAD, December 10, 2016: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has browsed through the parliamentary data on human rights taken up by the legislators on floor of the Senate and the National Assembly during past three and a half years and found out mismatching response by the government over it, says a statement issued on…

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Lawmakers Disinterest Marks Punjab Assembly’s 25th session

Chief Minister absent from House since June 24, 2016 Six out of eight sittings adjourned due to lack of quorum ISLAMABAD, December 9, 2016: Lack of interest of provincial lawmakers in proceedings marked the 25th session of Punjab Assembly, which passed seven government bills and witnessed introduction of one legislative proposal. The session continued for…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Provincial Assembly of Sindh 28th Session Report

Sindh Assembly Passes Three Bills, Adopts Nine Resolutions ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Assembly of Sindh passed three bills including the legislation to protect minority rights by imposing restrictions on underage conversion of the religion and adopted nine resolutions on various subjects amid low attendance of lawmakers during its 28th session. The demand for implementation on laws…

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Irregularities, Illegalities Surge in PP-78 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, December 1, 2016: A relatively higher incidence of procedural irregularities characterized the by-election for PP-78 (Jhang-II) held on Thursday amid a heavy deployment of security forces, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). FAFEN observers reported rampant incidents of campaigning and canvassing near polling premises, presence of unauthorized persons inside polling stations, curbs on…

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Karachi Sees Peaceful But Lackluster By-Election in NA-258

ECP improves training of security staff, enhances monitoring ISLAMABAD, November 28, 2016: Large-scale deployment of police and Rangers ensured peaceful conduct of by-election in NA-258 (Malir, Karachi-XX) amid lack of political interest and low voter turnout, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Alleging interference by the PP-led provincial government, Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf…

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