258th Session: HR Issues Haunt Senate

Upper House Transacts Heavy Agenda PM Remains Absent Throughout Session Four Bills Passed, Seven Resolutions Adopted ISLAMABAD, January 20, 2017: The human rights issues echoed in the Senate during 258th session as the lawmakers discussed kidnapping of the bloggers, alleged torture of a 10-year-old child-maid while the House passed a bill to ensure right of vote…

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FAFEN’s Review and Recommendations Draft Elections Bill, 2017

FAFEN’s Review and Recommendations Draft Elections Bill, 2017

The Draft Elections Bill, 2017, represents a step forward, but still requires critical improvements to ensure the independence and authority of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) over all aspects of an election as a prerequisite for free, fair and transparent General Election due in 2018. Appreciating the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms for circulating…

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Monthly Magazine Aiwan-e-Aam – December 2016

پاکستان کے پہلے پارلیمانی میگزین ایوان عام کے زیر نظر شمارے میں  میں آپ پارلیمان اور صوبائی اسمبلیوں کے  اجلاسوں کی روداد ، اراکین ،قائدین ایوان و حزب اختلاف  کی مختلف نشستوں کے دوران حاضری کی صورتحال ،  کی گئی قانون سازی اور قراردادوں کی منظوری سمیت دیگر کارروائی ملاحظہ کر سکتے ہیں  ۔ اس…

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KP Assembly: Rules Suspended Several Times to Adopt Resolutions

Less oversight of executive as 33% questions lapsed due to absence of movers Chief Minister attends only two sittings Less Interest of Lawmakers Marks 2nd longest session of KP Assembly ISLAMABAD, January 4, 2017: The provincial lawmakers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly expressed low interest in the proceedings of 21st session that continued for three months,…

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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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