ISLAMABAD - Major opposition parties have failed to bind federal government to immediately call the National Assembly session to discuss PIA privatisation and recent ‘unsatisfactory’ decrease in the prices of petroleum products.

The federal government is not giving value to requisition submitted by the opposition in National Assembly (NA) Secretariat.The government has tacitly refused to summon 29th NA session after the opposition’s requisition, as it will tentatively call it by the mid of February, parliamentary sources shared with The Nation.Sources said that the government was already planning to call session by the mid of February, so there was no change in its previous schedule.

According to the rules and procedures, the government side has ample time to avoid any constitutional obligation to immediately call the session on opposition’s requisition.

As 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 (NA)session under Article 54 (3) of the Constitution.Sources said the upcoming National Assembly session (29th session) will be called by President Mamnoon Hussain as per routine. The last NA session (28th) was prorogued on 21st January.

The opposition lawmakers were set to give tough time to government on recent decrease in prices of petroleum products and PIA privatisation.

Almost all major opposition parties, including PPP, PTI,MQM and JI, had submitted a jointly signed requisition in the National Assembly secretariat to debate these matters.

Opposition parties, outside the parliament in their statement, clearly rejected recent decline in petroleum products’ prices. Some of these parties MNAs have submitted call-attention notices and adjournment motions in NA secretariat on these matters.

The opposition parties were also willing to immediately force government to call NA session and discuss the PIA privatisation especially with the reference of death of PIA’s employee.

 Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) with the signature of 44 lawmakers, PTI 30, MQM 24, FATA’s lawmakers and four Jamaat Islam (JI) members’ names are included in the requisition to bind government to call NA session.

Sources said the Prime Minister has given a message to all treasury benches MNAs from PML-N to ensure their presence in upcoming session (29th session) to properly respond all the moves of opposition benches. As government side in last session (28th session)thrice failed to maintain proper quorum in the house due to thin presence.