Proposed Reforms to Strengthen National Assembly of Pakistan

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Publication No: PD-327

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The 14th National Assembly of Pakistan has been voted in through Pakistan’s 10 General Election on May 11, 2013 while it officially held its first sitting, the official start of its 5-year term, on June 01, 2013. While democratic and legislative reforms continue even in developed democracies, the case for the required reform is considered to be much stronger in Pakistan owing to almost regular disruption of democracy throughout the past 6 decades. That Pakistan’s elected Legislatures should be truly representative of the people of Pakistan, be accessible to the public, reflect public aspirations in legislation and safeguard public’s interests through overseeing the elected Government are some of the key roles and responsibilities of the Parliament. In order to effectively carry out the Constitutional responsibilities of Representation, Legislation and Oversight, certain key reforms are needed in the National Assembly of Pakistan. Now that the new Assembly is in place, this is considered the most opportune time to highlight and work for institution of required reforms so as to improve the performance of the National Assembly of Pakistan. PILDAT has had the honour of assisting the National Assembly of Pakistan and elected legislators since 2002. Throughout its modest contributions and assistance to the Assembly, PILDAT has been fortunate in receiving guidance from the Assembly leadership and wide variety of its multi-party representation over the years. PILDAT has received support from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Pakistan Office in publishing this paper.

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