Balochistan Assembly: Sitting marked by low attendance

ISLAMABAD, January 21, 2013: The first sitting of the 39th session of the Balochistan Assembly, requisitioned by 18 members, was marked by low attendance. At the start of the sitting 12 members were present and 13 when it was adjourned. A maximum of 14 members were present at one time during the sitting. The sitting…


Punjab Assembly: Resolution Adopted on Strengthening Democracy

ISLAMABAD, January 21, 2013: The Punjab Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution supporting continuity of democracy and strengthening of democratic institutions in the first and the only sitting of the 44th session on Monday. The resolution was moved by a PPPP legislator.



National Assembly: Points of Order Consumed 65% of Sitting Time

ISLAMABAD, January 21, 2013: Thirteen points of order consumed 65% of the sitting time of the first sitting of 49th session, which met for four hours on Monday. Most of agenda items appearing on the Orders of the Day were left unaddressed.

 Fifty-six members were present at the outset while 47


14% rise in overall disease burden

A report based on disease incidence registered in October 2012

ISLAMABAD, 18th January 2013: The disease burden saw 14% increase to 31,536 cases per district during October from September’s 27,587 cases. Ninety two districts reported 2,901,262 disease incidence in the observed month compared with previous month’s 2,400,052 in 87


KP Assembly: Seven resolutions adopted

ISLAMABAD, January 18, 2013: Starting an hour and 13 minutes late, the 14th sitting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s 29th session adopted seven resolutions, including one calling for awarding Nishan-i-Pakistan to the slain provincial Senior Minister and another condemning use of unparliamentary language against


Lack of Interest, Low Turnout Mark Charsadda By-Election

ISLAMABAD, January 16, 2013: Low voter turnout, even lower participation of women and political parties’ lack of interest marked the PK-22 Charsadda-VI by-election on Tuesday, reports Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its preliminary report.


205 killed, 263 injured in incidents of political violence

Islamabad, January 15, 2013: Fifty-one political violence incidents between January 5 and 11, 2013 claimed 205 lives and injured 263 others across Pakistan. Civilians remained the major target, constituting 84% of the total victims followed by militants (15%) and security forces (8%), says Free and Fair Election Network


Boys primary schools lack non-teaching staff

A report based on monitoring of 146 government boys\’ primary schools in 85 districts in November

ISLAMABAD, 15th January 2013: Lack of sanctioned positions for non-teaching staff was observed in government boys’ primary schools with on average only one person appointed to work


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly: Five bills passed

ISLAMABAD, January 15, 2013 Starting an hour and 13 minutes late, the 13th sitting of the 29th session of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly witnessed passage of five bills.

Low attendance continued to persist as only 35 members were present at the start and 34 at the time of adjournment. A maximum of 48