ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain would deliver his first presidential address to Majlis-e-Shoora on Monday – kick starting the start of second parliamentary year of the current National Assembly.
According to an official of National Assembly Secretariat- the president will address the National Assembly (NA) and Senate during a session at 11 am at the Parliament House.
He said the National Assembly Secretariat has completed the arrangements of the session. Special entry passes have been issued.
A person sans entry pass will not be allowed in the premises of Parliament House.
The Members of National Assembly and Senate will attend the session.
Special invitations have already been sent to the guests including Chairman, Deputy Chairman Senate, Speakers, Governors, Chief Ministers, President, Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, three Services Chiefs, high ranking officials, and foreign ambassadors.
The address of the President is constitutional requirement. President Mamnoon is likely to highlight the achievements of the government and issue future guidelines as per past tradition.
According to constitutional provisions, the President has to address a joint session of Parliament at the beginning of the first session of the National Assembly after a general election or at the start of every parliamentary year.
Article 56(3) of the Constitution states: “At the commencement of the first session of the National Assembly after each general election and at the commencement of the first session of each year, the President shall address both Houses assembled together and inform
the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) of the causes of its summons.”
After the enactment of 1973 Constitution – the first presidential address was delivered by the then President Fazal Elahi Chaudhry. Former President Asif Ali Zardari had created history by addressing six consecutive times to the joint sitting of Parliament.