NA speaker calls session on Oct 17; production order issued for Shahbaz Sharif
National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser on Wednesday issued directives to convene session of the National Assembly on October 17 following a requisition made by the opposition parties. Additionally, the NA Secretariat also issued production orders to ensure the presence of Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif, who is currently in the National Accountability Bureau’s custody. The opposition parties, however, are adamant to pro- test outside the Parliament House on Thursday, saying the NA speaker did not accept their demand for calling the NA session this week.“We had requested for the NA session to be called ‘timely’ but the NA speaker did not accept our request,” said PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb. On October 5, the evening when Sharif was arrested, a requisition to call an NA session to deliberate the matter had been submitted to the NA secretariat. The next day, on October 6, a delegation of opposition leaders comprising the PML-N chairman and Leader of the Opposition in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, former NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl leader Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and PML-N lawmaker Rana Tanvir met the incumbent NA speaker at his residence and urged him to summon the session soon as they wished to raise the issue of Shahbaz’s arrest.