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Senate: Govt Introduces Bill, Opposition Stages Walkout

April 16, 2014

ISLAMABAD, April 16, 2014: The Senate witnessed introduction of the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2014 during the third sitting of 103rd session on Wednesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Introduced by the Minister for Science and Technology, the bill was referred to the relevant standing committee after getting resistance from the opposition benches. Sponsored by MQM lawmaker, the House took up a calling attention notice (CAN) regarding posting of a junior and unsuitable officer of Grade-20 as Secretary, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). The

 
Senate: National Security Policy, Ordinance, Money Bill Laid

April 15, 2014

Opposition stages walkout against PMDC (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014 ISLAMABAD, April 15, 2014: The federal government laid the National Security Policy, a money bill and an ordinance before the Upper House during 2nd sitting of 103rd session on Tuesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. The Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights laid the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014.

 
Sindh PA Adjourned Amid Protest

April 15, 2014

ISLAMABAD, April 15, 2014: The Sindh Assembly witnessed uproar on Tuesday when the Chair refused to admit an adjournment motion sponsored by four MQM lawmakers during the 10th sitting of 12th session, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The MQM lawmakers tabled the motion regarding extra-judicial killings of their party workers; however, the Chair ruled it inadmissible which led to the pandemonium in the plenary. During

 
Senate Amends Rules; Binds PM to appear in House Once a Week

April 14, 2014

ISLAMABAD, April 14, 2014: The Senate approved amendments in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business on Monday, requiring the Prime Minister to appear in the Upper House once a week, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. The senators also introduced two bills, adopted three resolutions and debated two motions under rule 218 during first sitting of 103rd session. The Chairman Standing Committee on Defence presented the Report No.

 
Sindh PA Adopts Three Resolutions; Defers Election of Committees

April 14, 2014

ISLAMABAD, April 14, 2014: The Sindh Assembly adopted three resolutions and carried a motion to defer the election of the standing committees on Monday during 9th sitting of 12th session, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. The government also withdrew a bill namely the Sindh Coal Authority Bill, 2014. The proceedings witnessed differences between the Chair and the ministers over the understanding of rules of procedure and conduct of business in the House.

 
Sindh Assembly Proceedings Marred by Protest

April 11, 2014

ISLAMABAD, April 11, 2014: Starting an hour behind schedule, the Sindh Assembly proceedings were disrupted by a protest on Friday that led to the adjournment of the sitting during the 8th sitting of 12th session, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The House took up three of five starred questions (requiring oral as well as written replies) while the lawmakers also asked eighteen supplementary questions.

 
FAFEN urges parliamentary oversight of executive, greater transparency & accessibility

April 11, 2014

ISLAMABAD, April 11, 2014: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) called for re-definition of the powers of the Senate and its Standing Committees in order to enhance the Senate’s oversight of the Executive branch of government and to help ensure that the Treasury is delivering on official commitments made to the Senate, according to a press release issued on Friday.  The recommendations were made at the launching ceremony of FAFEN’s Annual Senate Report 2013-14, which is based on its direct observation of Senate proceedings during the 11th Parliamentary Year.

 
Protection of Pakistan Bill, 2013 passed along with two other bills: Motion to investigate the allegation of non-payment of taxes by parliamentarians

April 08, 2014

ISLAMABAD, April 08, 2014: The National Assembly passed three bills and four resolutions in its tenth session amid low attendance, says Free and Fair Election Network in its preliminary session report based on direct observation of the Assembly proceedings. The House passed three out of 20 bills tabled in the tenth session and referred 16 others to the concerned committees for further consideration. One bill was not taken up.

 
Sindh PA Adopts 2 Resolutions, Felicitates Street Children Footballers

April 08, 2014

ISLAMABAD, April 8, 2014: The Sindh Assembly adopted two resolutions and adjourned the remaining business in honour of the street children football team who won bronze medal in Brazil and visited the House on Tuesday during 7th sitting of its 12th session, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Twenty-four lawmakers – 11 belonging to PPPP, eight to MQM, two each to PML-F and PTI and one to PML-N – extended their felicitations to the members of the football team on Private Members’ Day.

 
Ten Private Members’ Bills Introduced; NA Session Prorogued

April 08, 2014

ISLAMABAD, April 8, 2014: Starting 40 minutes behind schedule, the National Assembly witnessed the introduction of ten private members’ bills during the 11th and last sitting of its 10th session, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. The bills include the Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill 2014 (to amend section 103AA), the Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill 2014 ( to amend sections 2, 24, 30, 33, 38 and 39, insertion of section 24-A, omission of sections 34, 35, 36 and 37), the National Air Transportation Safety Board Bill 2014, the National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill 2014, the Islamabad Rent Restriction (Amendment) Bill 2014, the Acid and Burn Crime Bill 2014, the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2014 (Insertion of new section 389-A) the

 
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