ISLAMABAD - As the government has summoned the National Assembly session on Monday (12 February), the opposition parties are set to raise issue of recent hike in the prices of petroleum products by 10.15 per cent.

The opposition parties (PPP, PTI and MQM) will soon separately submit adjournment motions in the NA Secretariat, demanding detailed discussion on the reasons behind the recent hike in petroleum products.

The government had increased the petrol price by Rs2.98 per litre and high speed diesel by Rs5.92 per litre the other day (Wednesday). 

The government has increased the price of HSD by Rs5.92 per litre, petrol by Rs2.98 per litre, SKO by Rs5.94 per litre and LDO by Rs5.93 per litre, which has been effective from February 1.

Political experts said that the government and opposition may also discuss the matter regarding back-to-back actions taken by the Supreme Court against two PML-N members.

As the apex court had dismissed Siddiqul Farooq from his chairmanship of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) on the grounds that he had exceeded his three-year tenure. Likewise, the Supreme Court has announced its verdict in the contempt case of Senator Nehal Hashmi, sentencing him to one-month imprisonment and Rs50,000 fine.

The government side MNAs may raise objections over AML Chief Sheikh Rashid for using derogatory language against parliament and not tendering resignation even after his announcement. Sheikh Rashid in a public gathering had announced to tender resignation from the National Assembly seat but later backed out of his words.

Sources said the government side will strictly ask the treasury members to ensure their presence during the session to avoid lack of quorum threat.

As the opposition side, without any break, in the previous NA session continuously pointed out lack of required strength (86 MNAs) and embarrassed the government. The government side, in last NA session, many times failed to complete proper quorum, which led to suspension of the house. The upcoming National Assembly session may continue for two weeks.