Parliament to debate on Sialkot lynching case

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has decided to hold a debate on the Sialkot lynching case in Parliament. Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara was tortured to death by his fellow factory workers over alleged blasphemy charges and later his

From passing Anti Rape act to use of EVMs: Here’s a list of bills passed in Parliament

The government recently passed amendments through the Parliament’s joint sitting amid strong protests by the Opposition lawmakers.   The government successfully passed amendments to the Elections Act, 2017, allowing the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and giving overseas Pakistanis the

Joint sitting of Parliament for EVM legislation begins

ISLAMABAD: A joint sitting of Parliament for important legislation including electronic voting machines in the country is underway and being chaired by the chairmanship of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser. Today, around 29 legal bills will be introduced in the

Parliament’s joint session to be held today

ISLAMABAD: The much-anticipated joint session of parliament on important political and economic issues of the country will be held today with a 58-point agenda consisting of six pages. According to details, 29 legal bills including Electoral Amendment Bill 2021 and

Joint session of Parliament likely to meet tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: A joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament, called off last week, could be reconvened by the government tomorrow (Tuesday). According to sources, the coalition partners met Prime Minister Imran Khan after the government addressed the concerns of

Joint sitting of Parliament likely to be convened on Wednesday

ISLAMABAD: A joint sitting of Parliament, which was postponed early this week, on important legislation including electoral reforms is likely to be convened on Wednesday. According to the sources, a joint sitting of the Parliament is likely to be convened

Japan PM dissolves parliament for national election on Oct 31

TOKYO: Japan’s prime minister dissolved the lower house of parliament, paving the way for October 31 national elections as new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida faces an unpopular opposition over who can fix the pandemic-battered economy. Kishida said he is seeking

Iceland falls short of Europe’s first women-majority parliament

REYKJAVIK: Iceland looked to have elected a woman-majority parliament but a recount of votes on Sunday showed there will still be more men than women in the chamber. Thirty women were elected to the 63-seat parliament in Saturday’s election, up

Parliamentarians to get briefing in GHQ today, meet Gen Bajwa

ISLAMABAD: Three parliamentary committees will visit the General Headquarters (GHQ) on Monday (today) where they will be briefed on several internal and external security issues. The committees include the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Senate Standing Committee on Defence, and National

Parliamentary theatrics

The last few days have witnessed nothing but gross disorderly conduct in the Sindh Assembly, mostly by the opposition – particularly the PTI. These theatrics will not serve any purpose in resolving the most pressing problems facing the nation. The

Govt, opposition agree on smooth conduct of parliamentary proceedings

ISLAMABAD: The government and opposition have reached consensus and decided to ensure smooth conduct of ongoing budget session in Parliament after confrontation for the past three days. Following the agreement, the opposition has decided to withdraw its no-confidence motion against

Hooliganism in parliament

The National Assembly has witnessed complete chaos and a rumpus for the past several days which has affected the decorum and sanctity of parliament. A session was convened to discuss the federal budget but lawmakers from both benches created a

Ireland passes resolution against Israel’s ‘de facto annexation’ of Palestine

DUBLIN: The Irish parliament has passed a motion condemning the “de facto annexation” of Palestinian land by Israeli authorities. The motion, tabled by the opposition Sinn Fein party, passed was on Wednesday after receiving cross-party support. This makes it the

Pakistan expresses concern over EU Parliament’s resolution on blasphemy laws

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed disappointed at the adoption of a resolution at the European Parliament on blasphemy laws in the country. The Foreign Office issued a statement after the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for a review of Pakistan

Kosovo parliament elects Vjosa Osmani as new president

PRISTINA: Kosovo’s parliament has appointed a 38-year-old US-educated female law professor as the country’s new president, following an election in February. Vjosa Osmani took over as acting president of Kosovo last November when her predecessor, Hashim Thaci, resigned ahead of

Global representation of women in parliament reaches ‘all-time high’: Report

GENEVA: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a UN partner, has said that the global representation of women in Parliament reached a record high in 2020 but progress is “still excruciatingly slow”. “It gives me

FO confirms PM Imran Khan’s tour to Sri Lanka

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has confirmed that Prime Minister Imran Khan will undertake a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka from February 23. PM Imran Khan will be visiting on the invitation of Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa.

‘Breaking Point’: Malaysia declares state of emergency, suspends parliament

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah declared a state of emergency across the country on Tuesday to curb the spread of COVID-19, after consenting to a request from Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. An emergency would give the prime minister and

UK parliament approves Brexit trade deal with EU

LONDON: British lawmakers approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, as both sides looked to begin a new chapter of relations. Britain and the European Union signed the deal on Wednesday and the British parliament

Verdict reserved on PM’s acquittal in parliament attack case

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court on Monday reserved its verdict on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s acquittal plea in the Pakistan Television (PTV) and Parliament House attack case. The prime minister’s counsel Abdullah Babar Awan filed written arguments seeking the PM’s acquittal.

Kyrgyzstan protesters storm parliament, free former president

BISHKEK: Protesters seized Kyrgyzstan’s parliament on Tuesday and freed a jailed former president after demonstrations against an election marred by rigging spiralled into violent clashes. Opposition supporters hit the streets of the capital Bishkek the previous evening to demand the

President Alvi summons joint session of parliament

ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has summoned a joint session of parliament today under Article 54 (1) of the Constitution. According to details, the joint session will be held at 5:00 pm at Parliament House Islamabad to discuss important legislation.

NA Speaker urges to strictly follow SOPs during session

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has urged all the members to strictly follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) during parliamentary sessions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Speaker underlined the need while chairing a meeting of parliamentary leaders

Resuming Parliament

After a long recess due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Assembly will be back in session on Monday. This decision came hours after Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a phased relaxation of lockdown restrictions despite the surging number of

Virtual parliament

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, even parliament has been suspended and is in indefinite recess. This is hampering discussion on crucial health and economic issues amid the crisis and also passing of important legislation. With the ongoing lockdown restrictions and

Virtual session of parliament is ‘need of hour’: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has called for a virtual session of the parliament amid the lockdown, calling it the need of the hour. In a statement on Twitter, Fawad Chaudhry said that opposition is harming

Parliamentary panel on coronavirus to hold in-camera session

ISLAMABAD: The special Parliamentary Committee on Coronavirus Disease will hold an in-camera session on Monday (today) at the Parliament House to review the situation of the ongoing lockdown. The committee will receive recommendations from representatives of traders and the business

Ethics Commissioner

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family accepted an invitation from Prince Karim Aga Khan to vacation over the Christmas holidays in December 2016 on his private resort in the Bahamas.  In addition, Prime Minister Trudeau admitted that he

Govt committed to ensure protection of human rights: Mazari tells NA

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Monday that the government is committed to ensure protection and promotion of human rights with special focus on the rights of women and girls. Responding to a question, Minister for Human Rights, Dr

Nearly 10% of Iranian lawmakers infected with coronavirus

TEHRAN: Nearly ten percent of Iranian lawmakers have been infected with the coronavirus, Iranian state media reported, as the country descended into chaos with the government seemingly incapable of handling the scale of the crisis. The country is accused of