Performance of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence

March 16, 2012 to March 15, 2013

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Publication No: CMR-074

Rs 1,500  

The Citizens Report on the Performance of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence covers the 5th Parliamentary year of the 13th National Assembly of Pakistan, i.e., from March 16, 2012 to March 15, 2013. Prepared by PILDAT, the report closely examines the publicly-available data on the work of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence. This report has been prepared under the overall objective of strengthening Parliamentary oversight on defence and national security in Pakistan. This report is a continuation of the analysis prepared by PILDAT for the past 4 years. PILDAT is mindful of the fact that the democratic institutions like the Parliament and Parliamentary committees have not developed over the years due to repeated military intervention and long spells of autocratic or semi-autocratic regimes led by military. The report therefore is meant to assist the committee in its oversight functions. The objective of the report is not to offer a critique of the work of the committee but to analyse the performance in the backdrop of peculiar security needs of Pakistan and the role Parliament is playing in respect to defining and influencing policy and principles of national security. The purpose of the report is to examine the exercise of available powers of the Parliament with regards to Parliamentary oversight of defence and security sector in the light of the Constitution of Pakistan and assisting Parliament and its committees in undertaking well-researched, objective and non-partisan oversight of defence and security sector alongside other fields in the executive branch.

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