Joint sitting of parliament cancelled as Morsi calls off visit


Joint sitting of parliament scheduled for Friday (today) and which had to be addressed by Egyptian President Muhamed Morsi, has been cancelled due to the cancellation of Morsi’s three-day visit to Pakistan. The Egyptian president cancelled his visit due to demise of his sister. However, according to The Telegraph, Morsi – who was thanked by the United States for helping to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas – would now stay home to monitor the truce. Pakistan had made elaborate arrangements to give a warm welcome to Morsi as he would have been the first Egyptian president to visit Pakistan in nearly four decades. The first democratically-elected president of Egypt was also to be awarded with an honorary doctorate degree by NUST University. Meanwhile, Egyptian Vice President Mehmood Makki arrived in Islamabad on Thursday morning to attend the D-8 summit. He was received at Noor Khan Airbase by Federal Minister Wakkas Akram.