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EVENTS
2011
(listed reverse chronologically)

PILDAT kicks off Assessment of the Quality of Democracy in 2011 through a National Workshop
   

 

December 29, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Download Executive Summary [PDF]
Download Executive Summary Urdu [PDF]

PILDAT holds Briefing Session for Punjab MPAs on Taxing the Agricultural Income
   

 
PILDAT Briefing Session
December 23, 2011
Lahore

Details

Download Briefing Paper No. 42 [PDF]
Urdu Version [PDF]
Download Briefing Paper No.43 [PDF]
Urdu Version [PDF]

Repeated interventions in Democracy responsible for Stunted Growth of Democratic Institutions: Law Minister
   Performance of Parliament evaluated to be at 44% by MPs and Others: PILDAT Parliament Performance Score Card

 

December 22, 2011
Islamabad

Details

3rd Year - Performance of NA - Score Card [PDF]
Three Years - Performance of Senate [PDF]

Pakistan wants to see an Independent, Sovereign and Prosperous Afghanistan: Prime Minister Gilani
   

 
Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentarians Dialogue
December 21, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Pashto Version [PDF]
Urdu Version [PDF]

PILDAT welcomes ECP decision to operationalise Constitutional bar on dual nationality holders to contest election
   

 

December 20, 2011
Islamabad

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Pakistan and Afghanistan Parliamentarians’ engage in a Parliamentary Dialogue on December 20-21, 2011 in Islamabad
   

 
Pak-Afghan Dialogue VI
December 20, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Pashto Version [PDF]
Urdu Version [PDF]

PILDAT launches Punjab Assembly Score Card
   

  • The round table was unanimous in its view that the democratic system despite its weaknesses should be allowed to continue and should be allowed to improve with the passage of time.
  • MPAs once again demand more effective role for the Standing Committees.
  • Punjab Assembly Performance achieves 43 % scores on IPU scale which is identical as the first two years score card.
  • Assembly worked 3 hours and 18 minutes a day on the average in the 3rd year as compared to 4 hours and 3 minutes in 2009-2010.
  • 21 (55 %) of the committees did not hold a single meeting in the third year.
  • Chief Minister attended 13 (18 %) sittings in 3rd year. An improvement of 41% over the last two years.
 
Roundtable Conference
December 16, 2011
Lahore

Details

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Terms of Reference and Timeframe of Memo probe should be made public: Dialogue Group on Civil-Military Relations
   

 

December 01, 2011
Islamabad

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Citizens need facts on Pak-US cooperation, probe on Mohmand Assault: Dialogue Group on Civil-Military Relations
   

 
DGCMR Meeting
November 30, 2011
Islamabad

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Set 5 Year Term for Election Commissioners, demands CGEP
   

 

November 29, 2011
Islamabad

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Members’ 2-Year term will compromise ECP independence – PILDAT Demands a 5-year term like CEC
   

 

November 23, 2011
Islamabad

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Budget Process Reforms and Accountability Bill remain unfulfilled agenda in 3 years of the Parliamentary Performance
   PILDAT releases Citizens Reports on 3 Year Analysis of the Performance of the National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan

 

November 17, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Download 13th NA Performance Report of 3rd Yr[PDF]
Download Senate Performance Report of 3 Yrs [PDF]

PILDAT launches an online Directory and Database of the Parliamentary Committees and Civil Society/Research Organisations of Pakistan
   

 

November 11, 2011
Islamabad

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PILDAT lauds NA Standing Committee on Rules for approving amendment to give right of budget scrutiny to Standing Committees
   

 

November 03, 2011
Islamabad

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Transformation of Turkey: Lessons for Pakistan
   

 

October 27, 2011
Islamabad

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Ethnic Conflict in Sindh should be resolved through dialogue: MPAs Sindh Assembly and Representatives of Political Parties
   

 
Conflict Resolution Workshop
October 24, 2011
Karachi

Details

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PILDAT Congratulates Deputy Speaker on his unanimous election to IPU Executive Committee
   

 

October 20, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Pakistan-Azad Jammu & Kashmir Politico-Legal Conflict can be resolved through Dialogue Process, Legislators AJ&K Legislative Assembly
   

 
Conflict Resolution Workshop
September 29, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Civil-Military Relations: The Case of India
   

 

September 29, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Parliamentary Oversight of Defence: South Africa in the Democratic Era
   

 

September 26, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Indifference of Parliament and its Committees on growing US pressure on Pakistan is disappointing: PILDAT
   

 

September 23, 2011
Islamabad

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Legislators should give policy for development rather getting funds. Senator Jan Jamali
   

 
Launch of Directory
September 22, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Poor governance and economic disarray weakening consensus on democracy: DAG
   

 
Democracy Assessment Group (DAG)
September 15, 2011
Islamabad

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India-Pakistan Parliamentarians Dialogue; August 18-19, 2011; New Delhi, India
   Joint Statement

 
Pakistan-India Parliamentarians Dialogue - II
August 19, 2011
New Delhi

Details

Profiles of Pakistani Delegation
Profiles of Indian Delegates
Download Paper [PDF]

Indian and Pakistani Parliamentarians engage on strengthening people to people contact for better understanding between two countries
   

 
Pakistan-India Parliamentarians' Dialogue II
August 18, 2011
Delhi

Details

Profiles of Pakistani Delegation
Profiles of Indian Delegates
Download Paper [PDF]

Government should implement the decisions of the Supreme Court in Letter and Spirit, demands PILDAT
   

 

July 27, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Make Airblue Crash Report Public, demand parents of Martyred MYPs
   

 
Youth Parliament Pakistan
July 27, 2011
Islamabad

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Citizens’ Forum demands Reforms in the Budget Process in the Punjab Assembly
   

 
Citizens Forum
July 25, 2011
Lahore

Details

Download Citizen's Report [PDF]
Download Urdu Version [PDF]

PILDAT releases Citizens Report on the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs
   

  1. National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs held a total of 17 meetings from 2008-2011; corresponding committees in Indian and UK Parliaments held 52 and 82 meetings in the period respectively

  2. Committee held only one meeting since US operation in Abbottabad on May 2 and that also to meet the British Ambassador to Afghanistan

  3. More than half of the members did not attend committee meetings with average attendance of members at 38%

  4. Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Asfandyar Wali Khan, MNA, (NA-9, Mardan-I, KP, ANP) chaired 07 out of 17 meetings with 41% attendance

  5. PPPP MNA Ms. Fouzia Habib, (NA-296, Punjab-XXIV), the most regular member in committee meetings attending 15 (88%) out of 17 meetings

  6. JUI-F leader Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, MNA, (NA-26, Bannu, KP) and Mr. Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, (NA-119, Lahore-II, Punjab, PML-N) tie for the lowest attendance of committee meetings having attended only 01 meeting (06%) each in 3 years

  7. The average percentage attendance of the members of PPPP stood at 55%, followed by PML-N with an average percentage attendance of 36% and PML with 18%

  8. National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee did not table any report in 3 years; in comparison Senate Foreign Affairs Committee presented and published 3 reports during 2010-2011 alone and corresponding committees in Indian and UK Parliament presented 12 and 32 reports respectively

  9. Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, held 11 meetings or 38% more meetings during 2010-2011 compared to 8 meetings held by National Assembly Committee on Foreign Affairs

 
Citizen's Report
July 22, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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PILDAT Welcomes Meeting of the Pakistan National Assembly Speaker with her Indian counterpart
   

 

July 15, 2011
Islamabad

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80% of Budget Speeches by MNAs during Budget Session 2011 were on non-budget issues: Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, MNA
   

 
PILDAT Citizen's Forum
July 14, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Download Urdu Version [PDF]

Despite Promises, Government introduces no Reforms in the Parliamentary Budget Process after 4 Years
   

  • 13th National Assembly utilised a dismal 17 working days from presentation to debate and passage of Federal Budget 2011-2012; neighbouring India has Parliamentary Budget Process spanning 75 days

  • 13% increase in the number of working days this year compared to the previous year – though despite promises the Government introduced no reforms in Budget Process

  • 16% drop in time consumed in budget debate 2011 compared to 2008; total 35 hours consumed in Budget process in National Assembly compared to 41.6 in 2008

  • Sharp decline witnessed in number of MNAs participating in the budget debate over the last 4 years of the 13th National Assembly: 39 % less MNAs spoke in 2011 compared to 2008

  • 4% decrease in time used by opposition members in budget debate from 2008 in budget session 2011

  • Treasury benches consumed 22.5 hours or 64% of total time while opposition members spoke for 12.5 hours or 36% of the time in Budget debate

  • MQM members utilised almost twice as much time than warranted by their numbers followed by PML-N and JUI-F members

  • PM attended 12 days or 70% of budget session sittings compared to 3 days or 18% of the sittings attended by the Leader of the Opposition

  • National Assembly has not initiated a Pre-Budget Session while Punjab Assembly has changed its rules and been holding Pre-Budget Sessions for 3 years to seek legislators’ input into budget priorities

 
Citizen's Forum
July 13, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Download Urdu Version [PDF]

PILDAT Welcomes ECP decision to ban election of Foreign Nationals to Parliament; demands disclosure of foreign permanent residence status and posting of all nomination form declarations on ECP website
   

 

July 07, 2011
Islamabad

Details

PILDAT demands Right-Sizing the Federal Cabinet; Retaining Federal Ministers despite devolving Ministries undue burden on National Exchequer
   

 

June 29, 2011
Islamabad

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Punjab Assembly Council of Chairmen Discuss Reform Proposals to Empower Standing Committees in reviewing Provincial Budget
   

 

June 29, 2011
Lahore

Details

Chief Election Commissioner AJK should take notice of Pakistan’s public office holders’ participation in AJK election campaign: PILDAT
   

 

June 23, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Download CGEP Model Code of Conduct [PDF]
Urdu Version [PDF]

PAC and Defence Ministry should put forward their findings on financial mismanagement in NLC: PILDAT
   

 
PILDAT Press Release
June 17, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Go beyond Constituencies in Budget Debate, Punjab MPAs told
   

  1. Enlarge the tax-base
  2. Give Powers to Committees to scrutinize Budget
  3. Implement agricultural income-tax
  4. Get electronic and print media to cover substance of speeches better
 
Briefing Session
June 13, 2011
Lahore

Details

Download Brief [PDF]
Download Consolidated Report [PDF]

Frame Legislation and Rules to Implement Article 25-A: Experts stressed at PILDAT Forum on Enforcement of right to free education and article 25-A of the Constitution
   

 
PILDAT Public Forum
June 08, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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No representation without taxation, Experts tell MPs
   

  • Pakistan ranks 153rd number in the world in tax to GDP ratio, just ahead of Congo
  • Budget is based on loans and grants that are taxes paid by people of foreign countries
  • Defence Allocations not possible to understand through Budget Documents
  • Government loses Rs.1.3 Trillion annually in form of leakages and corruption
  • Parliamentary Budget Process has to be made more effective
  • Sweeping Powers of Executive to spend beyond originally passed budget according to Constitution Article 84 need to be reviewed
 
Briefing on Budget
June 06, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Friendship and Deep Relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan are the way forward for regional stability and Peace: President Karzai
   

 
Pak-Afghan Parliamentarian's Dialogue
May 30, 2011
Kabul

Details

Visit by Pakistan Delegation to Republic of South Africa
   

 

May 27, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Constitutional Arrangements of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan need reforms, PILDAT Legislative Forum
   

 
PILDAT Legislative Forum
May 18, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Download Discussion Paper [PDF]
Download Urdu Version [PDF]
Download Audio [MP3] |

Parliament urged to formulate comprehensive defence and security policies
   

 
Roundtable Discussion
May 10, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Download Performance Report [PDF]
Download Background Paper [PDF]

Parliamentary Accountability and Oversight Can Strengthen National Security & Public Trust in Security Institutions: PILDAT
   

  1. Elected Government and Parliament continue to abdicate responsibility to define and oversee a comprehensive national security strategy
  2. Committees' pace of exercising oversight, policy review remains slow and largely ineffective
  3. Undue secrecy and lack of public information and consultation culture should not be the norm of Parliamentary oversight of security
  4. Parliament and Parliamentary Committees, constitutionally empowered, must demand comprehensive details of security and defence related issues and agreements, especially relating to USA
  5. Activate and strengthen Cabinet Committee on Defence and National Security including Ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Interior and Finance; supported by a permanent secretariat & think tank
  6. Activate Minister & Ministry of Defence
 

May 10, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Download Background Paper [PDF]

PILDAT demands Parliamentary Committee seek details of Pak-US cooperation
   

 

May 05, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Dialogue only way forward to resolve sectarian conflicts in GB: GB Legislators
   

 
PILDAT Workshop
May 04, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Download Background Paper English [PDF]
Urdu Version [PDF]

PILDAT Group demands comprehensive statement from Govt. on OBL killing; demands Parliament to investigate
   

 
Democracy Assessment Group
May 03, 2011
Karachi

Details

Mid Term Assessment of the Quality of Democracy

PPPP-PML Alliance Should Work to Improve Standards of Governance
   

 
PILDAT Roundtable Discussion
May 03, 2011
Karachi

Details

Failure of Governance should not be seen as failure of Democracy
   

 
PILDAT Roundtable Discussion
April 25, 2011
Lahore

Details

Mid Term Assessment of the Quality of Democracy

Make Immunization Drive More Effective and Result Oriented: MPAs Balochistan
   

 
Immunization Awareness
March 24, 2011
Quetta

Details

Federal Oversight is necessary in Labour Affairs after Devolution: Experts
   

 
PILDAT Consultative Session
April 21, 2011
Islamabad

Details

PILDAT Legislative Forum on Health and the 18th Constitutional Amendment

Federal health division should be created to retain national role in health: Experts

   

 
PILDAT Legislative Forum
April 19, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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“PILDAT Suggestions to amend the National Commission for Human Rights Bill 2008 are adopted by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights,” says Ms. Fauzia Habib at PILDAT Legislative Forum
   

 
PILDAT Legislative Forum
April 12, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Parliamentary Dialogue to continue to strengthen Pak-Afghan ties, announce Co-Chairs of Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Dialogue
   

  • May Pakistan win the Semi Final, pray Afghan Parliamentary delegates
  • Parliamentary Dialogue, media cooperation and greater people-to-people contact to cure trust deficit
  • Afghan Parliamentary delegation calls-on President of Pakistan, Chairman Senate
 
Pak-Afghan Dialogue
March 30, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Joint Declaration English [PDF]
Joint Declaration Urdu [PDF]

Pak-Afghan Parliamentarians agree to continue dialogue; next round to be held in Kabul in May 2011
   

 
Pak-Afghan Dialogue
March 29, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Urdu Version [PDF]
Pashto Version [PDF]

Public Representatives urged to Monitor and Oversee the National Emergency Action Plan 2011
   

  • In 2011, 24 cases of polio detected across Pakistan which is twice as compared to 12 in same period in 2010
  • Lake of coordination among Legislators and bureaucracy is a big hurdle
 
Immunization Awareness
March 28, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Booklet: Importance of Immunization [PDF]
Urdu Version [PDF]

To construct or not to construct Kalabagh Dam: agreement to continue dialogue
   

 

March 21, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Download Background Paper [PDF]

South Punjab: to be or not to be a separate province: talks remain deadlocked
   

 

March 17, 2011
Islamabad

Details

PILDAT analyses 3rd year of the 13th National Assembly
   

 

March 16, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Quality of Democracy assessed at 46% upon conclusion of 3rd Parliamentary Year
   

 
Roundtable Discussion
March 15, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Executive Summary [English PDF]
Executive Summary [Urdu PDF]
Report [English PDF]
Report [Urdu PDF]

A subcommittee of MPAs to be formed in Punjab Assembly under Dr. Asad Ashraf to debate and draft a compulsory Immunization Bill
   

 
Immunization Awareness
March 15, 2011
Lahore

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A committee of MPAs should be constituted especially for monitoring of immunization campaign in KPK: Experts
   

 
Immunization Awareness
March 14, 2011
Peshawar

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Health officials insisted to involve elected representatives for successful immunization campaigns, demanded MPAs of Sindh Assembly and Parliamentarians of FATA in PILDAT review meetings on the recent immunization campaigns
   

 
Immunization Awareness
March 10, 2011
Islamabad

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Budgetary Demands for Grants must be reviewed by Parliamentary Committees
   

 

March 03, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Government committed to ensure constitutional and legal framework for free, fair and credible elections: Senator Babar Awan
   

 
PILDAT Legislative Forum
March 01, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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FATA is the key to achieve the goal of polio eradication in Pakistan: FATA MPs urged to play a role
   

  • Polio has had a 71% increase in Pakistan in 2 years
  • 3 lakh or 25% of the children in FATA are inaccessible for polio immunization
  • Parliamentarian has an important role to play in awareness campaign and to help create accessibility
 
Immunization Awareness
February 24, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Briefing on the Benefits for Immunization
   

 
Immunization Awareness
February 22, 2011
Muzaffarabad

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Removal of Trust-Deficit among provinces needed for building water reservoirs in the Country
   

 
Inter-Provincial Water Issues in Pakistan
February 15, 2011
Karachi

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MPAs and Media resolve to work closely to remove the mistrust amongst the provinces to build big water reservoirs
   

 

February 11, 2011
Lahore

Details

Compulsory Immunization Bill should be moved in Parliament and Provincial Assemblies: MPs believe
   

 

February 09, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Download Legislative Brief [PDF]

Trade across LOC is a good tool to enhance inter-dependence that could lead towards Indo-Pak conflict resolution
   

 

February 08, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Download Discussion Papers [PDF]
Download Policy Brief [PDF]

Good Civil-Military Relations in Pakistan require patience and continuation of democracy
   

  • German model of Civil-Military Relations offers contrast, not comparisons for Pakistan’s Civil-Military Relations
  • German Parliament approves number of defence troops annually through defence budget; sanctions overseas deployment of German Military
  • While Germany has learnt from defeat of World War, Pakistani state and society have not learnt lessons from defeats in 1965 and 1971 wars
  • Parliament and Defence Committees should define security policy of the country
  • Bad governance and poor socio-economic situation leads to military takeover
  • Parliament and Government must create conditions for Civilian and Parliamentary Oversight of Defence in Pakistan
 
Briefing Session
February 02, 2011
Islamabad

Details

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Concerns of Smaller Provinces on Water Issues should be addressed to overcome trust deficit on Water Issues: KP MPAs
   

 
Roundtable Discussion
February 01, 2011
Peshawar

Details

British MPs visit PILDAT Office; interact with Pakistani MPs on Challenges facing Pakistani Parliament and Role of PILDAT
   

 

January 27, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Parliamentarians and Media should play role in conflict-resolution and political consensus-building among Provinces on Water Issues
   

 
Roundtable Discussion
January 26, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Political decision-making through Dialogue needed to resolve issues over construction of reservoirs: Balochistan MPAs
   

 
Roundtable Discussion
January 21, 2011
Quetta

Details

Take Public Representatives along in Immunization Campaigns: Sindh MPAs demand from Government & UNICEF
   

  • Sindh saw a 100% increase in the number of polio cases in 2010 compared to 2009
  • Number of high risk districts increased from 3 to 10 in Sindh after the flood
  • Legislation needed for Compulsory Immunization of new-borns
 
Immunization Awareness
January 20, 2011
Karachi

Details

Sindh is not against building new water reservoirs: Sindh MPAs
   

 

January 19, 2011
Karachi

Details

Dialogue is the only way to build Consensus among Provinces on Water Issues
   

 
Briefing Session
January 18, 2011
Lahore

Details

Provincial Ministers and Senior Government Officials brief the Punjab MPAs on the forthcoming Budget 2011-2012
   

 
Briefing Session
January 13, 2011
Lahore

Details

Pakistan-India Parliamentarians’ Dialogue
January 06-07, 2011; Islamabad, Pakistan

   January 07, 2011

 
Pakistan-India Dialogue
January 07, 2011
Islamabad

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Pakistan and India should resume dialogue for peace and reconciliation: Pakistan-India Parliamentarians agreed
   

 
Pakistan-India Dialogue
January 06, 2011
Islamabad

Details

Parliamentarians to build Consensus among Provinces on Water Issues
   

 
Roundtable Discussion
January 04, 2011
Islamabad

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