NA likely to meet in 2nd week of next month

ISLAMABAD – The 51st National Assembly session is expected to meet in the second week of January to discuss host of issues including recently submitted resignations of some of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement lawmakers from the house on various reasons.

The government side will try to delay the holding of the session in the expected period in order to resolve the “Fata reforms issue”.

The opposition lawmakers, sources said, may raise the matter of not accepting of the submitted resignation of the PML-N and the MQM members of the National Assembly as yet.

The opposition lawmakers might also seek information about the performance of the government ministries during 2017.

The government side will brief the house about Pakistan’s stance over recent statements of the US president.

Two opposition parties —the PPP and the PTI— may submit requisitions in the National Assembly Secretariat, if the house was not summoned till the second week of January, said a source in opposition parties.

The opposition parties with the support of the Fata lawmakers would once again raise the Fata reforms issue.

The government in the last 50th National Assembly session, despite nine consecutive day boycott of joint opposition, avoided legislation on the Fata reforms bill.

The NA session was prorogued over a week ago.

According to the rules and procedures of the National Assembly, the speaker is bound to convene the NA session within 14 days of submission of a requisition.


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