Prime Minister to chair meetings through video link today

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will chair the meetings of the National Economic Council (NEC) and the Federal Cabinet today (Monday) through video link from United Kingdom (UK) for approval of Budget-2016-17.

After the approval of Budget-2016-17 by the NEC and cabinet meetings, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar would present it in the National Assembly on June 2, 2016.

According to a statement issued from Prime Minister House, the Prime Minister would also address both the meetings through video link facility.

The Prime Minister would chair the NEC through video link from Pakistan’s High Commission in London.

During his stay in London, the Prime Minister is overseeing the affairs of the state as he was duly assisted by his Principal Secretary, Military Secretary and other staff members.

He is in constant contact with the federal ministers, cabinet members and other concerned and there are no postponements or delays in the matters pertaining to the routine functioning of the state.

Meanwhile, the President of Pakistan has summoned the budgetary session of the National Assembly on Tuesday (May 31) while joint session of the Parliament on Wednesday (June 1).

The National Assembly and joint session of the parliament have been rescheduled to meet on May 31 and June 1 respectively and discussion on the budget would be started from June 3.

The session of National Assembly was rescheduled due to the death of sitting lawmaker Malik Iqbal Mehdi.

The first sitting of the session would be adjourned till Thursday (June 2) soon after reciting fateha and paying tribute to lawmaker Malik Iqbal Mehdi.

According to the sources, opposition parties in the National Assembly’s budget session have decided to give tough time to the government on the matter of recent drone strike in Balochistan.

For this purpose, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have submitted an adjournment motions separately in National Assembly secretariat to conduct debate on this matter.

The sources said that President Mamnoon Hussain will address the joint session of the Parliament on Wednesday at 11 pm in.

The President’s address to the joint session of the Parliament will mark the beginning of fourth parliamentary year of the PML-N government.-Business Recorder