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In a historic first, Punjab Assembly passes Sikh Marriage Act

By Naeem Ashraf Butt LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly on Wednesday adopted a landmark bill to regulate marriages of the minority Sikh community living in the province. The bill called “The Punjab Anand Karaj Act 2017” was tabled by MPA Ramesh Singh Arora. Pakistan has become the first country in the world to introduce legislation for the…

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March 14, 2018


US Senate passes bill renewing internet surveillance program

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) arrives ahead of a vote on a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON: The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program for…

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January 19, 2018


NA passes bill to extend apex court, High Court jurisdiction to FATA

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly here on Friday passed the Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court (Extension of Jurisdiction to Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Bill 2017 after clause by clause reading. The bill was tabled by the Minister for Law and Justice Mehmood Bashir Virk which was passed by the House. Statement of Objects and Reasons of…

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January 12, 2018


US Senator to introduce bill to eliminate American aid to Pakistan

A US Senator has announced that he will introduce a bill to eliminate US aid to Pakistan and set the money aside for infrastructure funds to build roads in his own country. “I’m introducing a bill to end aid to Pakistan in the coming days. My bill will take the money that would have gone…

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January 5, 2018


Triple talaq bill passed in India’s Lok Sabha

NEWS DESK: Amidst protests from a few political parties, including those close to the BJP, the Lok Sabha on Thursday passed by voice vote the Bill that makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence, with a jail term of up to three years, reported The Hindu. The proposed law would be applicable to…

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December 29, 2017


Bilawal slams PMl-N for withdrawing FATA Reforms Bill

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly condemned PML-N government’s move of withdrawal of FATA Reforms Bill at the eleventh from the National Assembly Agenda on Monday. In a statement, the PPP Chairman said that the decision of PML-N to withdraw the Bill smells its hatred towards the people of FATA but…

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December 11, 2017


Parliamentary parties fail to agree on bill for delimitation of constituencies

ISLAMABAD: :Leaders of Parliamentary parties in the National Assembly during a meeting on Tuesday failed to agree on a bill on delimitation of constituencies but agreed that general elections should be held on time next year. Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq chaired the meeting at the Parliament House here so that parliamentary leaders can…

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November 7, 2017


Bill for security of journalists to be presented soon: Marriyum

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says a comprehensive bill for ‘security, safety and protection’ of journalists is being prepared and will be presented before the cabinet for approval soon. Speaking at the National Assembly’s standing committee on Information and Broadcasting in Islamabad today, she said that inputs of the bill…

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October 25, 2017


Whistle-blowers bill smoothly sails through Senate

ISLAMABAD: The Public Interest Disclosures Bill, 2017 aimed at providing protection to whistle-blowers in corruption cases on Tuesday smoothly sailed through Senate of Pakistan. The bill was piloted by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid in the House. Speaking in the House, the minister said the legislation would help eliminate corruption from the government…

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October 24, 2017


Senate Committee approves Child Marriage Restraint Bill

ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Interior Monday approved Child Marriage Restraint Bill after thorough discussion on the matter. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator A Rehman Malik here at the committee room of Parliament House.The chairman observed that in Islam, age for marriage of girl was not fixed, while the United Nations…

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October 23, 2017


Senate passes bill restoring original Khatam-e-Nabuwat declaration

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed the Election (Amendment) Bill 2017 restoring Khatam-i-Nabuwat declaration to its original form. The bill, which was moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid, is aimed at amending the Election Act, 2017, restoring the clause of the previous law regarding the Finality of the Prophethood (Khatam-i-Nabuwat). The…

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October 10, 2017


Bill moved in Senate for amendment in Article 63 A

ISLAMABAD: Senator Farhat Ullah Babar on Monday moved a bill in Senate for amendment in Article 63A and asked for right of vote for a lawmaker in the House on the matter of Constitutional amendment as per his/her choice and conscience. Article 63A is mainly about the disqualification on grounds for defection and Senator Farhat…

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August 21, 2017


Bill tabled in US Congress to revoke Pakistan’s major non-NATO ally status

WASHINGTON: Two US lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill in Congress, seeking to revoke Pakistan’s status as a major non-Nato ally (MNNA). The movers also argue that since Pakistan has failed to effectively fight terrorism, it no longer deserves US economic and military assistance. The focus of the bill, however, is on revoking the MNNA…

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June 24, 2017


Hindu Marriage Bill 2016 smoothly sails through Senate

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday passed the Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016 unanimously with an amendment aimed at easing growing insecurity among the country’s Hindu community. Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid on behalf of Minister Human Rights Kamran Michael moved the bill in the House. The sole amendment was moved by Senator Farhatullah Babar….

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February 17, 2017


NA passes bill to curb hate speech, forced marriage, lynching

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Monday passed the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill 2016 with an aim to strengthening criminal justice system for protection of people and prevention of acts threatening security of Pakistan. The bill adopted unanimously by the House focuses on actions against those promoting sectarianism, hurting religious sentiments and inflicting punishment on individuals…

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February 6, 2017


Canada to allow expats to vote

Canada’s Liberal government introduced a bill to increase voter eligibility, including rolling back a measure that excluded more than one million expatriates from voting in 2015. Maryam Monsef, the minister for democratic institutions, told a news conference the reforms will “break down unnecessary barriers to voting, while enhancing the efficiency and integrity of our elections.”…

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November 25, 2016


Sindh criminalises ‘forced conversions’

KARACHI: Sindh Assembly Thursday passed a law making “forced conversions” punishable with a life sentence and forbidding minors from changing their religion, a bid to protect minorities in the conservative Muslim country. The new bill also mandates a 21-day waiting period for any person who wants to convert. “It is necessary to criminalise forced conversions…

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November 24, 2016


UN ‘deeply concerned’ by Turkey child sex offenders bill

The UN children’s fund said Saturday it was “deeply concerned” over a draft bill in Turkey which would overturn a child sex assault conviction if the offender married his victim. The bill passed an initial reading in parliament on Thursday, despite fierce criticism from critics who accused the government of encouraging the rape of minors….

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November 19, 2016


Bill seeking special status for India fails to pass US Senate

WASHINGTON: The US Senate has failed to recognise India as a “global strategic and defence partner” of the US after a key amendment necessary to modify its export control regulations could not be passed. A day after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent address to a joint session of Congress, top Republican senator John McCain…

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June 16, 2016


US Senate panel blocks $300m Pakistan aid

WASHINGTON: Obama administration has approved a legislation which blocks $300 million US military aid to Pakistan, but besides, it reimburses Islamabad for its efforts in the war against terrorism. According to reports, the US Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a proposal to set up a new fund to reimburse Pakistan. The committee’s chairman, Sena­tor…

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May 25, 2016


NA passes 22nd Constitutional Amendment Bill

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed Constitution (22nd Amendment) Bill, 2016″. The bill envisages qualifications and procedure for appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and members of the Election Commission of Pakistan. It was moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid. The bill said in case there is no consensus between the…

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May 19, 2016

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