LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly will meet on the International Women’s Day and hold a special session on March 8 to highlight the issues of womenfolk, who consist of 52 percent of the total population of the province.
For the purpose, Punjab Governor Mohammad Sarwar, exercising the constitutional power under Article 109, has called the seventh session of the provincial assembly on Friday, March 7, on the request of the government.
Generally, Saturdays and Sundays are not working days for the parliamentary affairs, but the chair of the House, the speaker, can summon a special session of the assembly if convinced about its importance.
During the last session of the provincial assembly, it was announced by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif that a special session to address the issues of women would be called to observe the International Women’s Day. Therefore, the governor has summoned the session just a day before it.
Though the agenda of the session is yet to be issued, assembly sources told Daily Times that the session could be continued for around two weeks, since 28 days of the total 100 days of the parliamentary year of the sitting assembly are yet to be completed.
The parliamentary year of the sitting Punjab Assembly started on June 1, 2013, and the assembly has already held its sittings of 72 days, of which the actual sittings of the House were held on just 50 days. On July 30, a special session for holding presidential election was also held, but it was not counted in the days of the parliamentary year because that was called for only elections and no other business was carried out on the day.
Punjab Assembly sources also informed this scribe that during the upcoming session, legislations about the local government elections and lady health workers would also come into consideration of the House. The assembly might also take up some resolutions, especially the resolution against MQM chief Altaf Hussain, filed by Opposition Leader Mehmoodur Rasheed.
In this resolution, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed opposition leader strongly condemned Altaf Hussain’s statement in which he (Altaf) asked the Pakistan Army to take over the country if the government failed in negotiating with the Taliban.
In the resolution, he also suggested the MQM chief to take back his statement, as it was – though personal – an undemocratic opinion.