Summary submitted to summon NA session, says interim information minister

Published: August 8, 2018
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Information Minister Syed Ali Zafar. PHOTO: APP

Information Minister Syed Ali Zafar. PHOTO: APP

Caretaker Information Minister Syed Ali Zafar on Wednesday said a summary to summon a National Assembly session between August 12 and 14 has been submitted.

Addressing the media in Islamabad, Zafar said it was the interim government’s crucial responsibility to ensure that elections in the country were held on time.

 

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the interim minister added that they were waiting for the election commission to issue the notification of winners to call for a session. “According to the Constitution, the National Assembly has to be called before August 15,” he added.

During the session, elected members of the legislature will take an oath and then vote for the speaker and deputy speaker of the assembly.

On Tuesday, while paving way for his possible election as the next premier, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) conditionally declared the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan as the winner from three NA constituencies.

After the official notification, Imran can take oath as a member National Assembly from one of the three constituencies. However, this notification is subject to the decision of a pending litigation against him over alleged violation of the ECP’s code of conduct.

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The PTI chief emerged victorious in five NA constituencies – NA-35 Bannu, NA-53 Islamabad, NA-95 Mianwali, NA-131 Lahore and NA-243 Karachi in the July 25 general elections.

Imran’s notification from NA-53 has been put on hold due to a pending case of alleged violation of the secrecy of the ballot. He stamped his ballot paper in front of TV cameras while casting his own vote.

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