PTI’s fate to be decided in NA today

The fate of 28 lawmakers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) hangs in the balance with National Assembly likely to vote Tuesday on two motions seeking to de-seat 28 members of the opposition party.

On Monday, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) announced that it would vote against the motions submitted by the jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl . . . → Read More: PTI’s fate to be decided in NA today

Local government bill passed in National Assembly

(By Zahid Gishkor)The National Assembly passed on Wednesday the Local Government Body Bill, paving way for local elections in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

The Bill was moved by Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman and has been passed by the Senate with amendments.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar confirmed that the government accepted all . . . → Read More: Local government bill passed in National Assembly

Gagging social media

In view of the widespread denunciation of the new Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Bill, by both national and international human rights organisations as well as experts among the stakeholders, the only reasonable option for the government is to withdraw the ill-conceived proposal and return to the drafting board.

Efforts to check cybercrime have been . . . → Read More: Gagging social media

Pakistan’s dubious cybercrime bill

Imagine going to jail for sending emails and posting pictures of friends and family without obtaining their ‘permission’.

Retweeting a meme you thought was funny. Making a critical comment on the cyber space about a deal made by a country having ‘friendly’ relations with Pakistan.

Imagine having all your online activity stored at every place . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s dubious cybercrime bill

Lawmakers to discuss constitutional amendment today

Lawmakers are set to meet at the National Assembly on Monday to discuss and vote for proposed constitutional amendment seeking speedy trial of terrorists in the wake of Peshawar school attack, Radio Pakistan reported.

The 21st Amendment Bill 2015 and the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2015 were tabled in the assembly on January 3 in . . . → Read More: Lawmakers to discuss constitutional amendment today

Role of media critical in war on terror

A parliamentary panel on Tuesday discussed wartime recommendations for the media to counter the narrative of extremists and terrorists in the country, while proposing changes in the existing laws governing public discourse and behaviour on broadcast and social media.

The issue came under discussion during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on . . . → Read More: Role of media critical in war on terror

End of deadline and still no CEC

(By Hasnaat Malik) As the Supreme Court’s two weeks deadline regarding the appointment of permanent Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) expires today, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Ahmad Shah has approached the apex court, seeking a three-month extension for the completion of the process.

The Supreme Court on October 14 gave the federal . . . → Read More: End of deadline and still no CEC

Is “democracy” really in danger?

(By Talat Masood) The country is once again in the grip of grave political crises which, if remain unresolved, could have serious consequences for its integrity and stability. Clearly, Imran Khan is playing high stakes poker, giving the message of ‘now or never’. His allegation that the entire election of 2013 was a . . . → Read More: Is “democracy” really in danger?

Khwaja Saad Rafique rejects IK’s allegations

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq on Friday said that courts award decisions on the basis of proofs not on the desires of any body.

Talking to media outside the Parliament House he the Minister rejected the claim of the PTI Chairman Imran Khan about rigging in general elections. Saad said . . . → Read More: Khwaja Saad Rafique rejects IK’s allegations

Pakistan International Airlines will be getting new A-320 planes soon

(by Parvez Jabri) ISLAMABAD: National Assembly was informed Wednesday that new A-320-200 aircrafts will start joining Pakistan International Airlines fleet from current month.

Minister of State for Cabinet Secretariat and Parliamentary Affairs Aftab Sheikh told the House the government has approved financing for acquisition of 11 narrow body aircrafts on dry lease. “These aircrafts will . . . → Read More: Pakistan International Airlines will be getting new A-320 planes soon