FAFEN Parliament Monitor: National Assembly of Pakistan, 4th Session, August 13-30. 2013

The National Assembly’s fourth session was marked by the introduction of two treasury-backed bills and the formation of 34 Standing Committees while the House left 79% of the agenda on the orders of the day unaddressed. Low attendance and participation of lawmakers was observed during the session. The government introduced the Constitution (23rd Amendment) Bill seeking 20-year extension for provincial quota in the federal government services. This is the third extension by amending the article 27 of the constitution to provide “safeguards against discrimination in services”. Additionally, apart from the Service Tribunals (Amendment) Bill 2013, the Civil Servants (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 and the Electoral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 were introduced during the session.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor: National Assembly of Pakistan 50th Session (February 17 — March 14, 2013)

The 13th National Assembly, completing its historic five years tenure, achieved a legislative agenda which altered the country’s governance structure by ensuring provincial autonomy and restoring the 1973 constitution, and promoted women’s empowerment. However, the last session of the assembly was marked by low interest of members as low attendance persisted throughout the session, and the lower house left 70% of the agenda appearing on the Orders of the Day unaddressed. The 50th session witnessed the passage of bills on counter-terrorism, general elections, education and health. Maintaining the tradition of political consensus over legislation and other national interest issues, the house unanimously passed 15 bills, including two amendments to the Anti-terrorism Act to expand the powers of law enforcement agencies to tackle financing for acts of terrorism and empowering them to detain suspects for a period of thirty days. In addition, a bill was passed to set up the National Counter Terrorism Authority.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 49th Session Report

FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 49th Session Report

Islamabad, February 15, 2013: Marked by passage of four education-related bills amid walkouts on the imposition of Governor’s rule in Balochistan and the debate over creation of new provinces, the 49th session of National Assembly witnessed a historic change in the rules of procedure allowing standing committees power to scrutinize ministerial budgetary proposals before made…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 48th Session Report

FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 48th Session Report

Islamabad, December 26, 2012: The 48th session of the National Assembly witnessed the passage of two treasury-backed bills as well as the Fair Trial Bill 2012 amid low members’ attendance, leaving 60% of the agenda appearing on the orders of the day unaddressed. The house passed three government bills and introduced eight, sending them to…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 47th Session Report

FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 47th Session Report

Islamabad, November 26, 2012: The 47th session of the National Assembly did not address 64% of the agenda items listed on the orders of the day as it witnessed low attendance, lack of quorum, late starts and excessive use of points of order interrupting the regular proceedings. However five bills were passed during the session,…

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