General

Joint session of NA summoned on September 4 for presidential election

Speaker National Assembly (NA) Asad Qaiser has summoned meeting of members of parliament on September 4 in Islamabad for election of new President of Pakistan.
The meeting will be held at Parliament House at 10:00 am.
The ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has given name of Arif Alvi for the slot of president while grand opposition has also accelerated contacts to field joint candidate in the election.
An All Parties Conference (APC) would be held in Murree today (Saturday) with former Chief Minister of Punjab and Pakistan Muslin League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif in chair.
On the other hand, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is trying to convince other parties over its candidate Aitzaz Ahsan for the top slot.
A consultative meeting of the PPP headed by ex-opposition leader in NA Khurshid Shah was also held which was attended by Mian Raza Rabbani, Aitzaz Ahsan, Sherry Rehman, Qamar Zaman Kaira and Chaudhry Manzoor.
Earlier, PTI‘s Asad Qaiser had sworn in as the 21st speaker for the National Assembly amid opposition‘s protest.
Qaiser bagged 176 votes while PPP’s Syed Khurshid Shah received 146 in the secret balloting process. A total of 330 votes were cast among which eight were rejected.
Meanwhile, PTI‘s Qasim Khan Suri had taken oath as the 21st deputy speaker for the assembly.
Qasim Khan Suri secured 183 votes whereas joint candidate of opposition party Maulana Asad Mehmood only obtained 144 votes. A total of 330 votes were cast among which one vote was rejected.a