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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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