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PM TO ATTEND NA SESSION ON FRIDAY

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ISLAMABAD:(APS)May 10, 2016-Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid says Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will attend the National Assembly proceedings on Friday.

Replying to a point of order raised by Leader of the Opposition in the House, Pervaiz Rashid said the Prime Minister will answer questions raised by the opposition.

He said the Prime Minister will attend an already scheduled meeting of national institutions today and tomorrow he will go to Tajikistan. Therefore, the Prime Minister will attend the proceedings of the House on Friday.

The Minister said the Prime Minister is not hesitant to attend the House proceedings; rather, he feels happy to listen to the opposition members and speak in the House.

He recalled that the Prime Minister has already written to Chief Justice of Pakistan to set up a commission to probe Panama Leaks.  He said the government has also prepared Terms of Reference [TORs] of the commission. He said the opposition has also prepared their TORs.

Pervaiz Rashid said the Prime Minister wants to present truth before the commission. However, he regretted that now there is less talk on the commission by the opposition. He said the opposition is now more interested that the Prime Minister should come to the House and speak on the issue.

Earlier, on a point of order, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah said the Prime Minister should take the Parliament into the confidence on the Panama Papers issue.

He said the opposition wants to maintain the respect and decorum of the House and does not want to vitiate the atmosphere.

The Leader of the Opposition along with opposition members staged a walkout from the House saying that they will attend the session on Friday.

Lal Chand pointed out the quorum and the proceedings of the House was suspended due to lack of quorum.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad has said maximum facilities are being provided under the revised in-service death package for the government employees.

He was responding to a calling attention notice moved by Khalida Mansoor and others regarding not providing permanent jobs under the in-service death package for the government employees.

Shaikh Aftab said employment is being provided to one child of the deceased government servant on contract basis which is extendable. He said efforts are also made to adjust the contract employee on permanent basis.

Earlier, the House resumed with Speaker Ayaz Sadiq in the chair at the Parliament House.

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