Joint session of parliament postponed
The Imran Khan-led government postponed the joint session of the parliament after getting not the support of its allies to pass the proposed bills.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the allied parties of the government especially the Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) apologized for their support in the joint session.
Federal Interior Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the government had postponed the session as the electoral reforms were a matter of the country’s future.
Pertinent to mention here that the government was going to introduce and pass some election reforms including the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) but the opposition opposed and some of the government’s allied parties were not fully satisfied on the issues.
The sources said government coalition parties including PML-Q, MQM-P, and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) had reservations on electoral reforms and EVM bills.
The sources said the opposition parties had been holding backdoor contacts with government allies and important meetings were held yesterday between the opposition and the government's allies.
The sources said the opposition had asked government allies to support the opposition in a joint meeting and they agreed on it.
The government feared that it would not be able to complete the numbers in the joint session to complete the legislation so the joint session was postponed, sources said.
The government had to adjourn the meeting due to the non-participation of several members of the government and allied parties, sources said adding that yesterday too, the government was defeated in the National Assembly on two bills.