ISLAMABAD - Major opposition parties are set to give tough time to federal government on the floor of the National Assembly about recent ‘unsatisfactory’ decrease in prices of petroleum products and PIA privatisation.

These parties, including PPP, PTI, MQM and JI, have submitted a jointly signed requisition in the National Assembly Secretariat to immediately convene the NA session (29th session) to debate both these matters.

Opposition parties will show unity against the government for not decreasing prices of petroleum products upto Rs11 as recommended by the OGRA. As opposition parties have submitted call-attention notices for not passing full impact of internationally declined oil prices to the people.

Likewise, the opposition parties will raise voice against PIA privatisation especially with the reference of death of a national flag carrier’s employee in anti-government protest. The opposition parties had already criticised government for privatisation of the Public Sector Entities (PSEs). According to the requisition submitted in the National Assembly, almost all the opposition parties have signed the requisition.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) with signatures of 44 lawmakers, PTI 30, MQM 24 and four Jamaat Islam (JI) members’ names are included in the requisition. FATA and independent lawmakers have also joined hands with opposition in requisition. The requisition maintains a stance that National Assembly session should immediately be called to discuss price of petroleum products.

Speaker National Assembly, under Article 54 (3) of the constitution, is bound to convene a session within 14 days on submission of the requisition for the National Assembly session under Article 54 (3) of the Constitution. Parliamentary sources said the decision to submit the requisition for the National Assembly session was taken on Monday’s night.

The National Assembly session was prorogued on January 21 and the government was planning to call session by the mid of February. The government, as per its schedule, still has ample time of 14 days to call the NA session.