Joint sitting of Parliament current week likely

Joint sitting of Parliament current week likely

  • Shehbaz Sharif replies Speaker’s letter

  • Opposition objects removal of two parties from Steering committee

  • PDM to hold virtual meeting to review protest strategy

  • Ruling Coalition important meeting

ISLAMABAD Nov 15,2021

A joint sitting of Parliament, on important legislation including electoral reforms is likely to be convened on Wednesday. The joint sitting of Parliament was canceled early this week after the ruling party felt it cannot get majority for legislation.

Shehbaz Sharif replies Speaker’s letter

The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif has asked Speaker for consensus in the Joint Parliamentary Committee for Legislation. In his reply letter to the Speaker, the opposition has conditionally agreed to the legislation.

The one-sided government agenda will not work, the steering committee of the united opposition in parliament rejected new official names in the committee, expressing reservations over the government’s removal of MQM and PML-Q’s representation in the ECP appointment committee.

The opposition has suggested that a committee comprising members of both houses review and approve the reforms.

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Meanwhile the heads of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) will meet today (Monday) to review a protest strategy against rising inflation and issues of electronic vote machines (EVMs) and PDM’s stance over awarding voting rights to overseas Pakistanis.

According to the sources, a joint sitting of the Parliament is likely to be convened on Wednesday. The joint session will legislate on electoral reform, Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and voting rights for overseas Pakistanis.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan said that there would be a consultative meeting tomorrow regarding convening a joint sitting of the Parliament. “A final decision would be taken in tomorrow’s consultative meeting,” he added.

The sources further said that the delegation of the government and the coalition parties will have an important meeting tomorrow. “The coalition parties will be briefed on EVM and electoral reforms while the government delegation will address the concerns of the coalition parties.

Earlier today, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said that electoral reform is not the agenda of Imran Khan or Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) but a national agenda.

In a tweet, Fawad Chaudhry said that all political parties should come forward to finalise the electoral reforms.


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