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Three Bills Passed, 4 Resolutions Adopted in Sindh Assembly

October 24, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 24, 2014: Starting 57 minutes behind the schedule, the Sindh Assembly passed three bills and adopted four resolutions during the 3rd sitting of 15th session on Friday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs introduced five bills, of which, three were passed by the House. The passed bills include the Sindh Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill 2014, the Sindh Special Development Board Bill 2014 and the Sindh Injured Persons (Medical Aid) Bill 2014.

 
Punjab Assembly Passes 4 Bills Including LG Laws

October 24, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 24, 2014: Starting 55 minutes behind the schedule, the Punjab Assembly passed four bills including two local government bills during the 5th sitting of 10th session on Friday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The House took up all agenda items except a discussion on a resolution regarding political situation and democracy. The House passed four bills - the Punjab Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2014, the Punjab Local Government (Second Amendment) Bill 2014, the Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission Bill 2014 and the Punjab Registration of Godowns Bill 2014 - after discussing them for an hour and 22 minutes.

 
Senate Sitting Adjourned on the Eve of Diwali

October 24, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 24, 2014: Starting 42 minutes behind the schedule, the 6th sitting of 108th session of the Senate was adjourned without taken up any business on account of celebrations of the Hindu festival Diwali, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). At the outset of the sitting, a PPPP Senator recommended the Deputy Chairman, who was in the chair, to adjourn the sitting to express solidarity with the Hindu community on the eve of Diwali.

 
Bill Withdrawn from Senate over Journalistsí Concerns

October 23, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 23, 2014: Starting 51 minutes behind the schedule, the Senate witnessed the withdrawal of the Members of Parliament (Powers, Immunities and Privileges) Bill 2014 owning to the reservations of journalists during the 5th sitting of 108th session, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs gave a policy statement about the situation emerged after ceasefire violations by the Indian forces on the Line of Control and Working Boundary.

 
Punjab Assembly Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

October 23, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 23, 2014: Starting 50 minutes behind schedule, the Punjab Assembly witnessed low attendance as 12 members (3%) were present at the start and 23 (6%) at the end of the sitting during the 4th sitting of 10th session on Thursday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). In the House of 367, the quorum was visibly lacking throughout the sitting; however, it was not pointed out by any of the legislators.

 
NA Adopts Resolution Against Ceasefire Violations by India

October 23, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 23, 2014: The National Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution to condemn ceasefire violations by the India forces on the Line of Control and Working Boundary during the 4th sitting of 15th session on Thursday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The resolution was moved by the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs who also winded up the debate during his six-minute speech on civilian casualties and damages to property due to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing and shelling by the Indian forces.

 
Punjab Assembly Congratulates Malala, Condemns Indian Aggression

October 22, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 22, 2014: Starting 80 minutes behind the schedule, the Punjab Assembly adopted two resolutions and debated another during the 3rd sitting of 10th session of the Punjab Assembly, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Through the resolutions, the House congratulated education rights activist Malala Yousafzai on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize and condemned the Indian aggression on the Line of Control and Working Boundary.

 
Low Attendance Senate Sitting Witnesses Two Walkouts

October 22, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 22, 2014: Low attendance and two walkouts marked the fourth sitting of 108th session of the Senate as 8 senators (8%) were present at the outset and 26 (25%) at its adjournment, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Tabled by an ANP Senator, the House approved a joint motion under Rule 218 to discuss the security apprehensions of the Sikh community and decided to discuss it next week.

 
NA Debates Indian Attacks on LoC, Working Boundary

October 22, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 22, 2014: The National Assembly discussed unprovoked firing and shelling by the Indian forces on the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary during the 3rd sitting of 15th session on Wednesday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Tabled by the Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan under Rule 259, eight lawmakers – PML-N (4), PPPP (2) and one each by JI and MQM – debated a motion for an hour and 16 minutes and expressed their concerns over civilian casualties and damages to property.

 
NA Rejects Bill Seeking New Provinces; 12 Private Bills Introduced

October 21, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 21, 2014: The National Assembly rejected a bill seeking the creation of new provinces in the country and witnessed the introduction of 12 private member’s bills during the second sitting of 15th session on Tuesday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Introduced by an independent lawmaker, the House rejected the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 (Amendment to Article 1) which was sought the creation of new provinces in the country.

 
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