President Alvi to address parliament’s joint session

  • Parliamentary leaders also demand regular NA session on Friday

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi will address a joint session of the parliament on Thursday (September 13), according to a press release issued here on Tuesday.

“It was proposed in the meeting of the parliamentary leaders of the political parties to call the joint session of the parliament for the address of the president on September 13,” it said. The meeting was chaired by National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser.

Minister for Defence Pervaiz Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umer, Deputy Speaker Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri, former speaker Ayaz Sadiq, Malik Amir Dogar, Rana Tanveer, Syed Mustafa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Maulana Asad Mehmood and parliamentary secretary of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs also attended the meeting.

It was also decided to call the regular session of the National Assembly on September 14 (Friday). The meeting also discussed the formation of the assembly’s standing committees. The speaker said that formation of the standing committees was his earlier priority.

As per the laws, members of the standing committees is required to be elected till September 17 by the House. The committees play an important role of oversight and monitoring the working of the relevant ministries of the government.

In the parliamentary democracies, the committees are regarded as eyes, ears, hands and even brain of the parliament. The standing committees can also examine bills referred to them by the House and submit its reports to the House.