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NA proceedings adjourned without any business

ISLAMABAD: The proceedings of the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday were adjourned without taking up any business as the opposition parties stuck to their demand of resignation of the Federal Minister Faisal Vawda and cancelation of his membership.
The Speaker Asad Qaisar occupied his seat at around 7.30 instead of 4: pm and announced adjournment of proceedings soon after the national anthem.The office of the Speaker did not state any reasons for delayed start and adjournment of proceedings.However, the sources said deadlock between the government and opposition benches persisted on objectionable remarks of Faisal Vawda on a television channel.The PML-N parliamentarian Ahsan Iqbal, later talking to newsmen, said the government had almost suspended the Parliament and there has been no business for the second day.
He said the government should seek resignation of the federal minister for his objectionable remarks. The government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is misusing religion to fan hatred between people of different religions, he said, adding the government was doing nothing but staging dramas.
He alleged that the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was not being provided health facilities. The government will be responsible in anything happened to Nawaz Sharif, he said.The issue of remarks uttered by the federal minister on a television channel was raised by members of Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and they were also supported by other opposition parties in the House. “We demand cancellation of his membership for use of highly objectionable words,” they said.
They also wanted to get a resolution passed by the House to condemn act of the minister. The government side, however, feels that Faisal Vawda be given an opportunity to explain his position.

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Joint session of Parliament to be held today to discuss Pakistan-India ties

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – A joint session of the Parliament has been convened on Thursday (today) to discuss the prevailing security situation in Pakistan and a sharp escalation of tensions with long-standing rival India, a day after Pakistan shot down.
Reportedly, the session is scheduled to be held at 3pm in the Parliament House where Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan will table the motion to discuss the prevailing external threats.Yesterday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Major General Asif Ghafoor, the director general (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), provided the military’s input to the meeting participants at an in-camera session at the Parliament House.Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa was also present in the session.
Qureshi briefed the opposition on the government’s foreign policy strategy and the decisions taken during the National Command Authority (NCA) were also discussed in the meeting.Besides, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif and Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari attended the session along with party delegations.A special meeting of parliamentary leaders was convened at Parliament House today to brief national leadership on the ongoing security situation. The parliamentarians were briefed by FM (foreign minister), followed by DG ISPR, read a press statement issued after the session.
COAS also interacted with the forum after the brief.It said the participants unanimously expressed that they stand united against any aggression against Pakistan and will support the government and its institutions unconditionally.They also expressed hope that those who want peace and stability will prevail, as war is not an option but a failure of policy, the statement said. National leaders of all political parties offered their services for the cause of peace and progress.

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Opposition decides to give govt tough time in NA

ISLAMABAD: The combined opposition in the National Assembly (NA) has decided to give tough time to the government in ongoing session of the National Assembly.
The meeting discussed the opposition strategy with regard to arrest of Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani, NAB’s recent action and issue of overbilling of gas.Talking to newsmen after the meeting, senior leader of the PPP Syed Khursheed Shah said it was decided that the opposition will raise the issue of overbilling of gas bills.He said many people approach the opposition with the complaints of the overbilling in gas bills and complained that they had paid Rs2000 of the gas bill last year but this year on same month they had received the bills over Rs 20,000.
The people were perturbed with the price hike in the country, he said.He said the government has facing loss of Rs 2 billion to Rs 2.5 billion in revenue collection and to overcome the loss the government has made the changes in the slabs in gas tariffs. The government did not want to shift burden on those investors who had invested on them during the elections, he said.Former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said the government had broken the back of the poor of the country and people could not able to pay the bills of the gas and electricity. The people were selling their motorcycles for paying their gas bills, he claimed.
He said the NAB had handcuffed the professor and even to dead body of another professor. What kind of the accountability it is, he said.The decision was taken in a meeting held at the Chamber of the Opposition leader at the Parliament House on Thursday presided over by former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and attended by Syed Khursheed Shah, former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf from PPP, ex-speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Rana Sanaullah Khan, Ahsan Iqbal, Marriyum Aurangzeb from PML-N.The meeting discussed the opposition strategy with regard to arrest of Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani, NAB’s recent action and issue of overbilling of gas.Talking to newsmen after the meeting, senior leader of the PPP Syed Khursheed Shah said it was decided that the opposition will raise the issue of overbilling of gas bills.He said many people approach the opposition with the complaints of the overbilling in gas bills and complained that they had paid Rs2000 of the gas bill last year but this year on same month they had received the bills over Rs 20,000.
“The people were perturbed with the price hike in the country,” he said.He said the government has facing loss of Rs 2 billion to Rs 2.5 billion in revenue collection and to overcome the loss the government has made the changes in the slabs in gas tariffs. “The government did not want to shift burden on those investors who had invested on them during the elections,” he said.Former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said the government had broken the back of the poor of the country and people could not able to pay the bills of the gas and electricity. “The people were selling their motorcycles for paying their gas bills,” he claimed.He said the NAB had handcuffed the professor and even to dead body of another professor. ‘What kind of the accountability it is,” he said.

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