ISLAMABAD, June 01, 2018: Despite political controversies in the past five years, the 14th National Assembly took up an unprecedented legislative agenda by approving 205 bills as compared to 134 and 51 bills passed by 13th and 12th National Assemblies during their five-year terms, respectively.
The House approved several important pieces of legislation, including five constitutional amendments during 56 sessions comprising 495 sittings, that provided for setting up military courts for an initial period of two years and their subsequent extension for another two years, reallocation of National Assembly seats among federating units on the basis of fresh census results, electoral reforms and the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Elections Act, 2017, which reformed and consolidated the erstwhile eight separate election laws of the country, also saw light of the day during the term of the 14th Assembly. Read More >>
Marked by national security challenges, post-election disputes and strained civil-military relations, the first parliamentary year of the 14th National Assembly, which ended on May 28, 2014, saw the passage of only 11 treasury-backed bills. Following the country’s first-ever democratic transition of power, the National Assembly had to respond to public concerns over prevailing multipronged issues of governance. Meeting for 99 sittings, the National Assembly’s focus remained on bills pertaining to judicial commissions, banking and amendments in the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
The fifth parliamentary year of the 13th National Assembly witnessed the tussle between the executive and judiciary reaching the parliament as an elected Prime Minister was disqualified by the Supreme Court which also struck down the contempt of court law passed by the parliament. The first half of the parliamentary year was consumed by the tussle between the judiciary and the executive over implementing the Supreme Court’s verdict in the NRO case as the National Assembly passed two resolutions to express confidence in the leadership of the Prime Minister and backing the Speaker’s decision of not sending the premier’s disqualification to the Election Commission of Pakistan.
National security, political instability, civil-military relations, executive-judiciary tension, and the energy crisis largely defined the agenda for the 13th National Assembly during its fourth parliamentary year that ended on March 16, 2012. The year was particularly tumultuous for Pakistan as well as for the legislature in terms of agenda-setting that was difficult and critical.
Geo-strategic challenges, national Security, political instability, civil-military relations and executive-judiciary tension largely defined the agenda for the 13th National Assembly during its fourth parliamentary year that ended on March 17, 2012. The outgoing year was particularly tumultuous for Pakistan as well as for the legislature in terms of agenda-setting that was difficult and critical.