Saad Rafique’s participation still uncertain in NA session

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ISLAMABAD: The participation of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique in the National Assembly (NA) session that will take place on Monday (January 14) is uncertain as his production orders haven’t yet been issued.

Speaker of the House Asad Qaiser hasn’t yet issued production orders of the former railways minister even three days after a request was submitted by Rafique’s party.

According to sources, the legislative branch of the assembly had forwarded a request to the speaker for approval, however, they are yet to get a response.

However, the speaker has already issued production orders for Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif.

On Jan 9, PML-N leaders Rana Sanaullah and Marriam Aurangzeb had submitted a request to NA speaker to issue production orders for both party leaders to ensure their presence in the session.

On Jan 8, President Dr Arif Alvi had summoned a session on Jan 14 at 4 pm in the Parliament House. The president summoned the session in the exercise of powers conferred by clause (1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, according to a statement by the NA Secretariat.

Former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique along with his brother Salman Rafique is in the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in connection with a probe into the Paragon Housing Society case.