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Senate panel approves law to bar MPs’ arrest after session summoned

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The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has passed a bill to protect parliamentarians from arrests or detentions after a session of both houses is summoned.

Khokhar to resign from Senate over differences with PPP leadership

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By Rehan Piracha: As PPP Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, leaves his Senate seat we take a look at some of the issues he took note of as Chairman of the Senate Human Rights Committee from 2018 - 2021. 

Senate panel seeks report over delay in Saifullah Paracha’s release from G-Bay prison

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The Senate human rights standing committee has sought a report from the foreign ministry over the delay in the release of Saifullah Paracha, the oldest Pakistani prisoner detained in Guantanamo Bay prison.

Once again, Senate panel defers enforced disappearances bill

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A Senate panel on Friday once again deferred consideration on a bill on enforced disappearance after the Interior Ministry sought more time to review objections to a clause which imposes a five-year sentence for lodging fake complaints.

HRW calls on Senate to promptly pass custodial torture bill

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Human Rights Watch has called on Senate of Pakistan to urgently pass the custodial torture bill which will make security offcials accountable for committing offence of torture.

Senate passes bill to criminilise custodial torture and death 

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July 13, By Rehan Piracha: The Senate has unanimously passed the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention and Punishment) Bill 2021, setting a punishment of three to 10 years for public officials guilty of torture and custodial deaths.

Senate had cleared domestic violence bill

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Opposition senators have clarified that the federal government itself chose to seek review of the domestic violence bill by the Council of Islamic Ideology

Former spymasters weigh-in on the hidden cam fiasco

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March 12th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz & Ahmed Saeed; LAHORE; Senate chairman election kicked-off with revelations by opp lawmakers that they have discovered spy cameras installed around & inside the booth. Voicepk.net spoke to ex-DGs of the IB & MI about the technical details of the 'operation'.

Parliamentary panel recommends certificate for conversion

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February 18th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; As part of a proposed bill on prevention of forced conversion, a parliamentary panel has recommended that a legally adult person should be allowed to convert his/her religion following a certificate issued by a judge after a personal appearance.

Women’s Action Forum condemns ‘unconstitutional’ RTI Amendment Bill 2021

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The Act from 2017 was never fully implemented but this move is a blatant attempt to stop citizens from exercising their right to know. WAF states that those who have moved the Bill seem not to know the role of a parliament in a democracy.