Islamabad- Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah while welcoming the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) rejoining of parliament, questioned the absence of the Prime Minister during this important session.

In his opening speech in the joint session of the parliament today, Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah said, he is happy that the sovereignty of the parliament has been secured and PTI's rejoining of parliament is the victory of democracy. “I want to add that some PTI members had arrived earlier, if today PTI members are attending it is a positive moment and credit goes to the opposition.”

He added that fights should be resolved with talks on the table. “I want to praise opposition parties who have for the past months tried to resolve issues and now PTI is in the house.”

“Mr speaker I want to praise your patience as you did not accept those resignations and today they have joined parliament. We welcome the PTI members and consider their return as a victory for democracy,” Shah said.

On Pakistan's role in Yemen conflict, Shah said urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to come to the National Assembly (NA) and open debate on Yemen.

Khursheed Shah said that the prime minister, who is currently with the visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, should have attended the joint session. "There is joint responsibility, since all of parliament is present it is important for him to be present here," Shah says.

"I understand he is busy, but he should have made time for an hour to attend the joint session. I request that he adjourns the session for an hour and a half so that the prime minister can come to this debate and the parliament's decision will have some weight."

Shah proposes that the session can be postponed to 4PM and go on till 8PM if it must so the prime minister can attend.

"I understand that we have a good relationship with Sri Lanka, but I request that we call this session at 3:30PM or 4PM and continue this session tomorrow as well. We understand the government's commitments but this session should be adjourned."

Khawaja Asif responds to this by saying that the session should continue and that the prime minister's meeting of the Sri Lanka leader was a scheduled visit.

The PPP leader urged for better relationship between the main political parties, saying "Fire can only be put off thru water, not by yet another fire; fight can only be resolved thru dialogues".