PIMS Bill Passed Amid Protests

ISLAMABAD, February 21, 2013: Amid protests by opposition benches (PMLN) and government coalition partner (MQM), the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (PIMS) Islamabad Bill 2013 was passed by the National Assembly during the fourth sitting of the ongoing session, says Free and Fair Election Network.


NA Debates Quetta Bomb Blast

ISLAMABAD, February 19, 2013: Starting 42 minutes late, the second sitting of ongoing session that met for two hours and 30 minutes on Tuesday left most of the agenda items, listed on the Orders of the Day, unaddressed. Like previous Private Members’ Days, the agenda for today’s sitting was also set ambitiously which is not possible to take up during a span of a single sitting.


Low Attendance Sitting Witness Walkouts Over Quetta Blast

ISLAMABAD, February 18, 2013: Starting an hour and 40 minutes late, the first sitting of 50th session of National Assembly met for an hour and 52 minutes on Monday, witnessed low attendance of Members. Only 41 members were present at the start of the sitting while


Top parliamentary performers in the 13th National Assembly

The legislators of the main opposition party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), actively took part in the parliamentary proceedings during the five years in the 13th National Assembly. They sponsored the most agenda items, including oversight over the executive through the Question Hour and Calling Attention Notices, and representation by raising


National Assembly: Sitting Lasts for 10 Minutes

ISLAMABAD, February 08, 2013: The 12th and the last sitting of 49th session of National Assembly, which met for 10 minutes on Friday, was adjourned because of lack of quorum – 1/4th of the total membership required for House proceedings.

A PMLN member


Points of Order Consume 40% of the 49th NA Session Time

ISLAMABAD, February 8, 2013: The National Assembly’s 49th session was marked by low interest of Members, Points of Order interrupting regular proceedings and late starts, leaving most of the agenda appearing on the Orders of the Day unaddressed, says a preliminary report issued by the Free


National Assembly: Most of Agenda Left Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, February 07, 2013: The 11th sitting of the National Assembly’s 49th session, which met for an hour and 35 minutes on Thursday, was marked by low attendance and unaddressed agenda.

Four bills, six resolutions, eight motions under rule 259, and a calling


MPs asked four percent of 14,943 questions on Performance of Pakistan Railways

During the last five years, Pakistan Railways, which faced administrative and financial crisis, remained under scrutiny in the National Assembly. During the Question-Hour session, the parliamentarians inquired about the closure of Railways routes, financial difficulties, delay in salaries, corruption, land and property and other issues from the Ministry of Railways.


National Assembly Suspends Regular Agenda Due to MNA Death

ISLAMABAD, February 04, 2013: Starting 36 minutes late, the National Assembly suspended its regular agenda to offer condolence on the death of an MNA from Balochistan.

 The 10th sitting of the ongoing 49th session, which met for 39 minutes on Monday, was marked by low attendance as only 53 members were