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Panel to discuss NA session options on April 29

Committee on Virtual Session invites parliamentary leaders of all political parties

​ Our Correspondent April 25, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Committee on Virtual Session has invited the parliamentary leaders of different political parties to a meeting of the committee scheduled for April 29 in the Parliament House to discuss modalities of a parliamentary session during coronavirus pandemic.

In his letter to the parliamentary leaders, the committee chairman Syed Fakhar Imran said the panel in its meeting held on April 21 unanimously resolved to hold physical session of the National Assembly instead of a virtual session.

“The committee also decided to consult parliamentary leaders in the National Assembly to further discuss the agenda and modalities of the National Assembly session during the coronavirus.

He requested the parliamentary leaders to make it convenient to attend the meeting for further discussion on the agenda and to decide modalities/working of the NA session during COVID-19.

The committee extended invitations to PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, PML-N's Khawaja Asif, MMA’s Asad Mahmood and ANP’s Amir Haider Azam Khan.

The parliamentary leaders of the ruling parties include PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi, GDA's Ghous Bakhsh Mehr, PML-Q’s Tariq Bashir Cheema, BAP’s Khalid Hussain Magsi, BNP-M’s Akhtar Mengal, MQM-P Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, AML’s Sheikh Rashid and JWP’s Shah Zain Bugti.

Parliamentary leaders invited for consultation will be able to attend the meeting via video link.

The committee, after consulting with parliamentary leaders, will present its recommendations to the National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser for holding the NA session.

The committee on virtual session was constituted by the NA speaker with the mandate to suggest amendments in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the National Assembly 2007, if any, for holding virtual session of the National Assembly during coronavirus pandemic.

The panel was also asked to make recommendation for detailed working to hold session of the National Assembly during the pandemic. It had also been asked to make any other recommendations it might deem necessary and submit its recommendations to the speaker as early as possible.


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