Finally Hindu Marriage Bill approved in Pakistan

After decades of delay and inaction, the Hindu minority community in Pakistan will soon have a marriage law as a parliamentary panel has unanimously approved the Hindu Marriage Bill.

The National Assembly standing committee on law and justice on Monday passed the final draft of Hindu Marriage Bill 2015, where five Hindu lawmakers were specially . . . → Read More: Finally Hindu Marriage Bill approved in Pakistan

Privatization and the PIA strike

LARGE-SCALE losses are no doubt mounting as PIA workers go on strike against what they perceive to be measures to privatise the national airline.

Earlier, the workers’ unions had successfully blocked a board meeting, delaying the finalisation of the company’s annual report, again due to their perception that the board was meeting to advance plans . . . → Read More: Privatization and the PIA strike

Making room for the aged

An example of how elderly women are systematically neglected is the amount of share she gets in inheritance and the inconsiderate profit margins in senior citizens’ investment plans

Care for the elderly in Pakistan has been given a low priority status by policymakers engaged in geriatric affairs. In the changing population demographics, the problem of . . . → Read More: Making room for the aged

Pakistan has suffered over $20 billion losses due to climate change

The government estimates that Pakistan has, collectively, suffered losses to the tune of $20 billion due to the adverse and increasing effects of climate change.

In a detailed report submitted before the National Assembly on Friday, the government also accepted in so many words -that `Pakistan is among the countries which are most vulnerable to . . . → Read More: Pakistan has suffered over $20 billion losses due to climate change

Child protection bill, life and death sentence proposed

NA body unanimously endorses bill; asks for guarding against crimes, ensure life and dignity of women.

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Interior on Tuesday unanimously endorsed a bill that proposes life imprisonment or death sentence for abusing a less than 14-year-old child.

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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