Parliament’s joint session starts at 11am


Islamabad June 1 (TNS): The joint session of the Parliament starts at 11 am today amidst consecutive boycott of the National Assembly’s post-budget proceedings by the opposition parties.

As customary, President Mamnoon Hussain will address the joint session of the Parliament as reports emerged that leaders of major opposition parties — the Pakistan People’s Party, the Pakistan Tehree-e-Insaf and the Jamaat-e-Islami — have thrashed out their own strategy for the joint session.

It is most likely that the opposition parties will create uproar during the address of the president as they are already fumed over the denial to Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khurshid Shah to telecast live his speech on the federal budget on PTV.

Since the NA session started the post-budget debate, the opposition parties have been boycotting the proceeding demanding that the opposition leader’s speech should be telecast live on the state-run channel.

The opposition parties on Wednesday held their own parallel session outside the Parliament, where some opposition lawmakers lashed out at the government over its “inflexible and stubborn attitude”.

The government had sent its ally Mehmood Khan Achakzai to persuade the opposition parties to end their boycott of the parliament but the opposition parties rebuffed the offer. The opposition parties have decided to attend the joint sitting of the Parliament, however, they have not announced whether or not they will allow a smooth sailing of the sitting.