National Assembly Addresses Long-Pending Minorities’ Agenda

Lawmakers lose opportunity to oversee Executive’s performance Joint Sitting of Parliament adopts resolution on Kashmir, passes anti-honour killing and anti-rape bills ISLAMABAD, October 07, 2016: The National Assembly addressed two long-standing issues of minorities during its 36th session. It legislated for the registration of marriages between persons of Hindu community and recommended the government to…

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NA Session Marked by Politicking and Low Attendance

Private Members’ Agenda Becomes Victim of Absenteeism PPPP, ANP Parliamentary Leaders Attended all Six Sittings  ISLAMABAD, September 9, 2016: The National Assembly could not take up a considerable portion of its agenda during 35th session owing to low attendance and political tussle between treasury and opposition benches. The session began with a resolution against the…

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NA Ignores Private Members’ Agenda; Passes Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill

Low Attendance of Lawmakers Continue; Legislators Take Up Number of Human Rights Issues Prime Minister Attends One Sitting; PTI Chairman Remains Absent Throughout the Session ISLAMABAD, August 19, 2016: The National Assembly passed important government legislation, including the much-debated Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016 and left out most of the Private Members’ agenda during…

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International Youth Day: Young lawmakers remain active in legislative business

ISLAMABAD, August 12, 2016: Young parliamentarians in the National Assembly actively participated in legislative business and contributed to house agenda to address critical issues through various parliamentary tools including legislation, resolutions, motions and Calling Attention Notices (CANs). In connection with the International Youth Day, the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) released a report on…

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NA Skips Business due to Lack of Quorum

House offers prayers on demise of renowned cricketer Hanif Mohammad ISLAMABAD, August 12, 2016: The National Assembly could not take up any agenda item appearing on the ‘List of Business’ of the House due to lack of quorum on Friday. The Speaker, Leader of the House and Leader of the Opposition did not attend the…

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Heavy on legislation, third year of NA ignores 25% public interest agenda

The 14th National Assembly during its third parliamentary year registered some improvement on a number of indicators, including participation of members, punctuality in timings and its output in terms of legislation and resolutions as compared to the second parliamentary year. Overall, issues of political instability, terrorism, natural calamities, civil-military relations, corruption and accountability featured more…

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Lawmakers’ interest in National Assembly Shows Declining Trend

101 lawmakers attend less than half of sittings Attendance remains higher in shorter sessions while lower in longer sessions Average annual attendance the lowest during second parliamentary year The 14th National Assembly completed its third parliamentary year on May 31, 2016. It held 32 sessions spanning over 289 sittings from June 1, 2013, to May 30,…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 32nd Session Report

The National Assembly passed a Constitutional amendment and eight other government bills besides discussing the offshore businesses of Prime Minister’s family during 32nd session held between May 9 and May 20, 2016. The cumulative duration of 10 sittings was 26 hours and 45 minutes while each sitting, on average, started nine minutes behind the schedule,…

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