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National Assembly session underway with ‘important’ decisions on cards



ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Wednesday session is underway with “important” decisions expected to be made as the government and the Supreme Court remain at loggerheads over the elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Sources told The News’ Saleh Zafar that the government is set to move a motion seeking to summon “three people” to the NA’s Privileges Committee for repeated contempt of parliament.

In a meeting of the ruling allies earlier today, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that a parliamentary committee would discuss the terms of talks between the ruling alliance and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) regarding holding elections across the country on the same day.

He said the door for negotiations should not be closed. “We can decide what the format of the talks will be. The parliamentary committee can create room for this.”

The meeting came a day before a hearing of the Supreme Court on petitions requesting single-day elections to the national and provincial assemblies.

In the previous hearing, the apex court had directed the government and opposition parties to reach a consensus on the date for holding elections.


In his address, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar came down hard on PTI Chairman Imran Khan and said the two assemblies were dissolved to spread “anarchy” in the country.

He said that the Election Commission of Pakistan’s request for the release of funds was sent to the finance ministry, but his ministry cannot allow the issuance of funds without the following “procedures”.

The minister added that in line with the law, the government brought the request before the cabinet and the parliament — both of whom rejected the proposal.

Dar said that the parliament accepts the 4-3 decision of the Supreme Court and noted that even the State Bank of Pakistan cannot release the funds — despite the top court’s order.

He said that in the Punjab Assembly case, Article 63-A of the Constitution was re-written and the “world is surprised over the new interpretation” of the article.

“What was the sin of the 25 members whose vote was not counted?” he asked, claiming that the decision was made to spread anarchy in the nation.

Dar then slammed the “elements” responsible for derailing Pakistan’s economy and said the country was standing at a “critical juncture”.

The finance minister asked what would happen if the elections are held after three to four months. “What will happen if the elections happen in the country in October?”

The minister said the government was being asked to do an “illegal” thing and he would never advise the cabinet to do so. He added that the law dictates that elections should be held simultaneously.

“We cannot go against the Constitution just on court orders,” he said, asking the parliament’s members to suggest what the government should do till tomorrow.

‘Parliament’s prerogative’

In his speech on the floor of the National Assembly, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar said the lower house of the parliament has already passed resolutions for not providing funds to the Election Commission of Pakistan for polls.

“When the matter was taken up before the cabinet, the house had already issued its decision,” the law minister said, stressing that it is the parliament’s prerogative on the issuance of funds.

The minister added that the parliament had directed the federal government not to follow up on the Supreme Court’s “minority” decision on the elections.

“Releasing funds from the Federal Consolidated Fund is the parliament’s prerogative,” the law minister added.

The minister said a person dissolved the assemblies to satisfy his “ego”. He added that given the current circumstances, the parliament has the power to either ratify or review its earlier decisions.

‘Contempt of parliament’

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) MNA Shahida Akhtar Ali, while speaking on the floor of the NA, asked how could the parliament allow the release of Rs21 billion funds to the ECP.

“The [SC] is imposing the decision on us. The institutions who are facilitating this person [Khan] should understand that he will come back to bite them,” she said.

She stressed the need to hold elections simultaneously and noted that the parliament would not be undermined by any institution’s orders.

In his address, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Agha Rafiullah — without naming anyone — asked whether there was any doubt that these “people are leaning towards others”.

“A salaried government employee has committed contempt of parliament,” he said, hitting out at the top court.

The PPP leader also asked the prime minister to order a forensic test of the recent audio leaks — including those of Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial’s mother-in-law and ex-CJP Saqib Nisar.

“We should file a reference against such people in the Supreme Judicial Council,” he said.


Shehbaz Sharif was chosen to serve as Pakistan’s 24th prime minister.




Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq declared Shehbaz Sharif the 24th Prime Minister of the 16th National Assembly of Pakistan and the House Leader of the National Assembly’s Lower House after announcing the official results of the polling for the prime minister elections.

The National Assembly session began one hour later than scheduled. The Holy Quran was recited at the beginning of the session, followed by the reading of a Hadith and a Naat and Pakistan’s national hymn. The NA was attended by party heavyweights, PMLN chief Nawaz Sharif, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto, and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

The National Assembly Hall’s doors were closed per the directives of NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, and the voting procedure was finished in which Akhter Mengal and JUI-F did not take part in the voting process.  

Members of the Sunni Ittehad Council, supported by the PTI, staged protests and rallies against the PDM 2.0, an alliance comprising eight parties that is poised to form the central government. The PDM leaders are accused by PTI of stealing the mendate. The claims have been denied by the PPP and PMLN.

Aun Chaudhry, the head of the IPP, arrived at Parliament House. hundreds of Police, Rangers, and FC troops have been deployed, and there are strict security measures in place both inside and outside the Parliament for the National Assembly session.

Cars arriving at Parliament House are permitted entry after being inspected, but most significantly, regular visitors are not permitted during National Assembly sessions.

Cars arriving at Parliament House are permitted entry after being inspected, but most significantly, regular visitors are not permitted during National Assembly sessions.

Ayaz Sadiq, the speaker of the National Assembly, gave the oath to Jam Kamal, a member of the MNA from Balochistan and a former chief minister of the province.

Shehbaz Sharif was chosen prime minister of Pakistan on Sunday for a second time by the country’s recently established parliament. The creation of a coalition government had been delayed for three weeks due to unpredictable national elections.

Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq said, “Shehbaz Sharif is declared to have been elected the prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” after revealing Sharif had received 201 votes, more than the necessary 169 votes in the house

With 92 votes, he defeated Omar Ayub, the contender supported by imprisoned former prime minister Imran Khan.

The Khan-backed Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) party loudly protested the statement. The MPs chanted chants claiming Sharif had won election fraud and demanded Khan’s release.

A mobile internet outage, arrests, and violence during the run-up to the election on February 8 caused problems for the proceedings, and the results’ abnormally long wait led to claims that the vote was manipulated.

Sharif resumed his position, which he maintained until August, when a caretaker administration was established in place after parliament was dissolved in advance of the elections. No one party took home the majority.

Sharif, 72, is the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister who led the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party’s election campaign.


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Asif Ali Zardari “seeks” the MQM-P’s endorsement for the presidential race.




The ECP timetable states that voting in the presidential election will take place on March 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The examination of the nomination papers takes place on March 4, and at 1:00 pm on March 5, the final list of candidates for president will be revealed.

Asif Ali Zardari called Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui of the MQM-P one day prior to request his party’s vote in the presidential election, according to sources with knowledge of the incident.

According to the sources, Siddiqui stated he will reply after speaking with the party.

A PPP delegation is reportedly scheduled to meet with MQM-P shortly in order to solicit assistance.

Asif Ali Zardari’s candidature papers for the presidential elections were authorised in a separate transaction since no objections were voiced.

Farooq H. Naik declared, “We have the necessary numbers to win the election; Asif Zardari will be elected president again.”

Mehmood Khan Achakzai, the presidential candidate for the Sunni Ittehad Council, and Asif Ali Zardari’s attorneys previously appeared before the electoral commission to review the presidential nomination documents.

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36% of fresh faces make it to the National Assembly.




Following the general elections of this year, a record 36% of new members have joined the National Assembly.

There are now 96 new legislators that have been elected to the assembly out of 265 total. In the general elections, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has elected the most number of fresh faces as Independents.

Of the new faces, eleven PPP and MQM members, as well as fifteen PML-N members, have become MNAs for the first time. The IPP’s Abdul Aleem Khan and Awn Chaudhry were elected to the National Assembly for the first time.

Ataullah Tarar of the Pakistan Muslim League-N, Mir Jamal Khan Raisani, the party’s youngest member, was also elected from Balochistan for the first time and made it to the lower house.

Sher Afzal Marwat, Latif Khosa, and Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, who is supported by the PTI, are some of the fresh faces. In the last parliament, Shandana Gulzar had a reserved seat; however, this time, she was elected to a general seat.

Arshad Vohra, Syed Mustafa Kamal, and Rauf Siddiqui of the MQM were also elected to the National Assembly for the first time.

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