5th Budget Session: Lawmakers’ Participation in Fiscal Discussion Declines

Duration of Budget Session Curtailed More Than 50 Percent This Year 11 Lawmakers Remain Absent throughout the Session ISLAMABAD, June 15, 2017: The National Assembly passed the Federal Budget for the Financial Year 2017-18 during its 43rd session that spanned over 15 sittings. It was the fifth budget of the ruling party during the term…

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Attendance, Participation of Lawmakers Decline in National Assembly

National Assembly passes 11 Private Members’ Bills Considerable improvement seen in committees’ output PM attends six, Leader of the Opposition 63 sittings No participation by 69 lawmakers throughout fourth parliamentary year ISLAMABAD, June 3, 2017: The 14th National Assembly registered a decline in the attendance and participation of lawmakers in the House proceedings during the…

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National Assembly Passes Nine Bills, Refers 21 to Committees

ISLAMABAD, May 18, 2017: National Assembly’s 42nd session addressed its three quarters agenda approving nine legislative proposals and handing over 21 others to the relevant standing committees for review and recommendations. The legislation sent to the committees included a Constitutional Amendment to allocate 23 seats to Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in the Provincial Assembly…

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NA Session Haunted by Quorum Issue Leaves 74% Agenda Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD:  The 41st session of the National Assembly was marked by low interest and thin attendance of lawmakers as the House witnessed multiple walk-outs, and protests by opposition parties against the Prime Minister in the wake of Supreme Court’s verdict on Panama Papers’ scandal. Five out of eight sittings had to be adjourned due to…

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National Assembly Approves Revival of Military Courts

ISLAMABAD, March 25, 2017: The National Assembly approved the amendments in the Constitution as well as the Pakistan Army Act paving the way for revival of military courts during its 40th session that spanned over 13 sittings. The Assembly also legislated on registration of Hindu marriages, regulation and facilitation of public private partnership, setting up…

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Women contribute 38% of Parliamentary Agenda during 2016-17

Women contribute 38% of Parliamentary Agenda during 2016-17

ISLAMABAD, March 8, 2017: Women contributed more than 38% agenda to parliamentary business during 2016-2017, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in a report on the performance of women parliamentarians issued on the eve of the International Women’s Day. According to the report, the women lawmakers in the National Assembly and the Senate contributed…

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National Assembly Passes Two Private Members’ Bills Since 2013

National Assembly Passes Two Private Members’ Bills Since 2013

NA Starts Releasing Daily Bulletin of Proceedings Prime Minister, PTI leader, among 22 lawmakers, who remain absent during entire session The National Assembly transacted heavy legislative agenda during 39th session and passed 17 bills, including two Private Members’ bills. It is first time since 2013 that the incumbent Assembly passed any Private Member bill. The…

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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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