NA’s first session to be held next week: Zafar

Caretaker minister says PM-elect should take oath before 14 August and attend celebrations alongside people


Ijaz Khan
Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Barrister Ali Zafar has said that a summary has been sent to President of Pakistan for convening the National Assembly (NA) session in which newly-elected members will take oath.
Talking to journalists outside the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday, he said that the session of NA would be held during next week, between 12 to 14 August.
After taking the oath, the newly elected MNAs would elect Speaker and Deputy Speaker and after their election, both would take oath.
He clarified that as per constitution, the session of National Assembly could not be delayed after 15th August. “There is a need to see that why the RTS system was failed in Election Commission on the Election Day”, he added.
Zafar said that now the polls have been completed, the mandate for five has been given by the people. There is a room of recounting in the constitution from which all doubts and reservations could be removed.
‘PM-elect should attend August 14 jubilations’
Talking to media, Zafar said that the premier-elect should take oath before the Independence Day and celebrate the day alongside the people.
Talking about the elections, he said that an Inquiry Commission will be formed concerning the reservations about elections which will review the rigging and mismanagement in elections.
He added that it will be a good omen if the newly-elected PM participates in the function of 14th August because usually every President and Prime Minister (PM) attends these functions.
The PM is the representative of the government, so the entire world sees it with a good opinion; but if it is not possible due to some legal reasons, then the caretaker PM will attend the function, he said.
Zafar further said that it is our heartiest desire that upcoming rather than outgoing PM attends the ceremony.
While responding to a question, he said that to review the rigging and mismanagement in the polls, an inquiry commission will be formed to review the delay made in announcement of results on the day of polls.
“A lot of work has to be done yet, so opposition parties should stay away from protests and cooperate with us, he asserted.

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