Electronic voting

The opposition has been crying foul after the Gilgit Baltistan elections claiming that there was rigging and seats were stolen. This has been the norm by the losing side after every election amid demands to bring in much needed electoral

Dr Aafia Siddiqui has signed mercy petition, Senate told

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed that Pakistani neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui who has been jailed in the United States has finally signed a mercy petition. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan told the Upper House that

Opposition walks out of Senate during Shibli Faraz’s speech

ISLAMABAD: Ruckus erupted in the Senate as opposition members walked out of the Senate session over remarks made by Information Minister Shibli Faraz. The opposition members prevented Faraz from making a policy statement on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The

Senate rejects ‘Anti-Terrorism Third Amendment Bill 2020’

ISLAMABAD: Senate on Wednesday rejected Anti-Terrorism (Third Amendment) Bill 2020 with a majority vote aimed at addressing the issue of terror financing. According to details, the Anti-terrorism bill was tabled by Senator Sajjad Toor. 34 votes were casted against the

Opposition and FATF laws

The government is working against a ticking clock to pass FATF-related legislation before the progress is reviewed. These efforts to avoid a blacklist and triggering sanctions suffered a setback as two bills were blocked in the opposition-dominated Senate, leading the

Special Senate session denounces Indian atrocities in IoK

ISLAMABAD: A special session of the Upper House was held today (Wednesday) on the occasion of Kashmir Siege Day to express solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir and denounce the Indian atrocities in the region. Speaking on the occasion,

Senate committee to probe death of CDA director

ISLAMABAD: Senators have taken notice of the death of Capital Development Authority (CDA) director Roshan Khan who died under mysterious circumstances. Well-informed sources said the Senate has ordered a three-member committee to investigate the death of Roshan Khan at the

Senate condemns moving Kashmiri leader Aasiya Andrabi to Tihar jail

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday unanimously passed a resolution expressing solidarity with Kashmiri resistance leader and Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Aasiya Andrabi. The resolution was moved by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed condemning moving her to the isolation punishment ward of the notorious

US Senate confirms first black chief of Air Force

WASHINGTON: The United States Senate has confirmed General Charles Q. Brown to be the next Air Force chief of staff, making him the first African American leader of the military service. The confirmation also makes Brown the second African American

Govt has decided to privatize PSM: Hammad Azhar tells Senate

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Friday that said the government has decided to privatize the core operations to revive the loss-making Pakistan Steel Mills. Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar informed the house that the losses of state-owned

Shahzad Waseem appointed as leader of house in Senate

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed a senior member Senator Dr Shahzad Waseem as Leader of the House in the Senate. Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani received a letter for the nomination of Senator Shahzad as Leader of the House

Lockdown is a temporary solution: Qureshi tells Senate

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday addressed the Senate which is discussing the situation arising out of coronavirus pandemic and expressed optimism to collectively surmount the challenge posed by the virus. Addressing a Upper House, the foreign minister

Chairman Senate felicitates on 100th anniversary of Turkish Assembly

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani has written a letter to Speaker of Turkish Grand National Assembly, felicitating him on the completion of one hundred years of the Turkish Assembly. The Chairman said that the Grand National Assembly of Turkey has

US Senate approves $2 trillion coronavirus rescue plan

WASHINGTON: United States Senate and White House have reached agreement on a gargantuan $2 trillion stimulus package for the economy and millions of Americans affected by the coronavirus crisis. “At last, we have a deal,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senate passes Zainab Alert Bill 2020 by majority vote

ISLAMABAD: The Senate of Pakistan on Wednesday passed Zainab Alert Bill 2020 which defines the law for the response and recovery of missing children. According to the recent amendments passed by the Senate Standing Committee Human Rights, the police would

Lawmakers criticise Govt’s new social media policies in Senate

Opposition in Senate criticized the new social media regulatory policy of PTI-led government today (Friday). Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar opposed the new social media policy and said, “We do not accept the law of Jungle.”

Senate passes anti-money laundering amendment bill

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday the Senate passed anti-money laundering (AML) reforms and legislation for foreign exchange rules, the bill previously adopted by the National Assembly. All proposals, expected to meet the terms of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), will now

Senate passes resolution in support of China over coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution expressing support and solidarity for China in the fight against the deadly coronavirus, which has taken over 1000 lives in mainland China so far. The motion, tabled by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz

US Senate acquits President Trump on abuse of power charge

WASHINGTON: In the historic impeachment trial, the US Senate on Wednesday acquitted Donald Trump of misuse of power, the first of two charges brought against the Republican president that prompted senators to vote on whether to oust him from office.

Pakistan should help China in this difficult time: Sadiq Sanjrani

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani has said that Pakistan should stand by China in this difficult time to fight against the deadly coronavirus outbreak. Sadiq Sanjarani said that China has always supported Pakistan and now it is our turn to

Parental leave policy

The Senate has passed the Maternity and Paternity Leave Bill 2018 making it mandatory for employers to grant six months paid maternity leave and three months paid paternity leave. The bill was passed by a majority of votes even though

Afghan peace process core policy of PTI govt: Senate informed

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Khan Swati has said that peace in Pakistan is linked with peace in Afghanistan and that is core policy of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. Speaking on a motion in Senate on Monday, the Senator

Senate passes bill allowing six-month paid maternity leave

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday passed the Maternity and Paternity Leave Bill, 2018, which makes it mandatory for employers to grant six months paid maternity leave and three months paid paternity leave. As per the bill, the leaves policy will

White House lawyers start Trump’s defense at Senate trial

WASHINGTON: White House attorneys started presenting their defense of Donald Trump at his landmark Senate impeachment hearing on Saturday, arguing that the president has done nothing wrong with his relations with Ukraine and accusing Democrats of trying to reverse the

Trump impeachment trial: US Senate blocks three Democratic bids

WASHINGTON: On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate, dominated by the Republican defeated three Democratic attempts to acquire information and facts in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. When the third impeachment trial in US history started in earnest, Republicans voted

Opposition in Senate lashes out at Govt over flour crisis

ISLAMABAD: Senators from opposition parties lashed out at the government over wheat flour shortages and riding prices of the essential commodities in the country. Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani chaired the senate session. Opposition leader in Senate Raja Zafar-ul-Haq raised the

US Senate prepares impeachment trial of Trump

WASHINGTON: Impeachment proceedings charging President Donald Trump of misuse of power and obstruction of Parliament were submitted to the Senate on Wednesday, setting in motion a historic case that seeks to remove the US president from office. Leader of the

President summons NA, Senate sessions tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has summoned sessions of Senate and National Assembly at the Parliament House on Wednesday January 1 at 3 and 4PM respectively to take up important national and international matters concerning Pakistan The opposition had criticised

Nancy Pelosi seeks high-profile trial for Trump in Senate

WASHINGTON: US speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats on Thursday have pressed the Republican-controlled Senate to call Donald Trump’s top lieutenants to testify in its trial of the impeached president. A day after the Democratic-led US House of Representatives impeached Trump,

US Senate passes Hong Kong rights bill

WASHINGTON: The United States Senate unanimously adopted legislation Tuesday supporting “human rights and democracy” in Hong Kong and threatening to revoke its special economic status, angering China which promptly summoned a US diplomat and threatened countermeasures. The lawmakers also approved a