President bound to call NA session by Feb 29 at any cost, claims Dar

President bound to call NA session by Feb 29 at any cost, claims Dar

President bound to call NA session by Feb 29 at any cost, claims Dar

President bound to call NA session by Feb 29 at any cost, claims Dar

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ISLAMABAD: PML-N Senator Ishaq Dar has said that the President of Pakistan is required to convene the National Assembly session by February 29 at every cost.

Speaking to the media, the former finance minister stressed that it is a legal requirement for the NA session to be called within 21 days of the election.

“We anticipated the first session of the National Assembly to take place on Feb 27,” Dar maintained. “The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs submitted the session summary on February 17, but it awaits the President’s signature,” he added.

Dar emphasized that if President Arif Alvi fails to sign the summary, the NA session will automatically convene on Feb 29.

Responding to a reporter’s query regarding the scenario if the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa fails to convene the provincial assembly session, Dar asserted that the same outcome would occur if either the President or the Governor neglects to summon the assembly session.

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Meanwhile, sources said that President Arif Alvi has yet to convene a session of the National Assembly, despite receiving a summary from the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

The president’s stance reportedly revolves around the assertion that the lower house of parliament remains incomplete due to the non-allocation of certain reserved seats.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has assigned reserved seats to political parties; however, it has not granted a reserved quota to the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) following the inclusion of independent candidates backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) into their ranks. The ECP has stated that the issue of SIC reserved seats is currently “pending before the commission.”

Insiders also indicated that the president has neither accepted nor rejected the summary, providing only verbal feedback on the matter. The interim government has maintained that, in accordance with Article 91 of the Constitution, the National Assembly session will proceed on February 29, regardless of whether the president signs the summary or not.

 

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