ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi will address a joint sitting of the Parliament on Monday (today).
A joint session of the two houses of Parliament has been convened at 4:00 pm.
This will be the first formal session of the National Assembly since the swearing-in of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the lower house.
The prime minister, members of the federal cabinet and parliament, the chief ministers and governors of the four provinces, diplomats, members of civil society and important personalities from different walks of life are likely to attend the joint session.
As per Article 54 (1) of the Constitution, the President may summon either one House or both Houses of the Parliament in a joint sitting to meet at such time and place as he thinks fit and may also prorogue the same.
The president is to address a joint session of Parliament at the beginning of the first session of the National Assembly after general election as well as the first sitting of the house at the beginning of every parliamentary year, according to the constitutional provision.
Earlier, the session was scheduled on September 13 but it was postponed until September 17 due to the death of former first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.
It is pertinent to recall here that former President Mamnoon Hussain addressed the joint session of Parliament for four times and Asif Ali Zardari for six times during his five-year Presidential term.
Whereas, General (retired) Pervez Musharraf addressed the Parliament only once during his eight years and 10 months in Presidency.