President Arif Alvi to address joint session of parliament today
President Arif Alvi will address the joint session of parliament today (Thursday) at 5pm, to mark the last parliamentary year of the current National Assembly.
President Arif Alvi’s address to the Parliament on the evening of October 6 (today) will be important because his party is not in the governing body of the country and he has to review the performance of Imran Khan’s government and the current coalition government comprising leadership of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).
The President was supposed to deliver this mandatory address on August 14, but it was not possible due to the concerns of the coalition government, and despite giving several dates, it was postponed.
According to Article 56 (3) of the Constitution, every session of the newly elected National Assembly shall begin with an address by the President and every parliamentary year shall also begin with an address by the President to a joint session of Parliament.
After Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s meeting with the President and long consultations with all stakeholders including the coalition parties in the Speaker’s Office, the issues related to the President’s address to the joint session of the Parliament have been settled down.
This will be the shortest parliamentary year since it would consist of 310 days, if the NA isn’t dissolved earlier.
The first presidential address to the National Assembly was made on September 17, 2018, second on September 12, 2019, third on August 20, 2020 and fourth on September 13, 2021.