Since the opposition is reluctant to convene the joint sitting, the presidential address to the combined sittings of both houses of Parliament (Majlis-e-Shura), it is likely that there will be a constitutional controversy between government officials and the opposition.
August 13 will mark the end of the parliamentary year for the National Assembly. The mandatory 130 working days of the House's sitting will conclude on Wednesday, August 3. The setting will be interrupted on August 13, when the House is scheduled to reconvene.
The 13th of August sitting will be a special one. It would last for two days to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the country. It will start at midnight on the 13th. The next parliamentary year would be the time of the session, which will take place at midnight between the 13th & 14th.
It well-placed sources within the Parliament said that a special joint sitting is necessary before the first session of the National Assembly under the parliamentary calendar. This is Article 226, Clause 3. It says: "[(3) The president shall address both houses together at the beginning of each session after every general election to National Assembly and the commencement de each session of each year and inform the Majlis-e-Shura [Parliament] of the causes of its summons.]"
Technically, the joint sitting of both houses is in session. It is supposed to meet again on August 22. However, the presidential address can not be delivered in that meeting because it is due before the start of the parliamentary year. To accomplish this purpose, a separate sitting of both houses is required in order to summon an independent session.
The government has not moved any summary to the separate session because the culmination is only two weeks away. The text provided by the government is the basis for the address of the president at the joint sitting. It contains the following text: Each ministry and department of government submits a progress report on their respective spheres regarding the past year and plans for the next year. In the presidential address, the government's performance is highlighted. Sources remind us that the details are collected in a particular office before the speech draft is choreographed.
The speech has not required the president to depart from it. Except for Asif Ali Zardari, however, none of the presidents in recent years have followed the original text. It is rare that the address of a president is heard in the House, despite the opposition's sloganeering and rumpus. Sources claim that the address will not be interrupted by any fuss since there is no significant opposition in the House following the departure of the majority of PTI members.
Another significant step is that the NA will host a minorities convention at the Parliament House on the 11th of august. This will highlight Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s historic speech on August 11. Where he declared a policy for equal rights for minorities.
Children in Parliament House will be honored on August 12. National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf decided to host special events at the Parliament to remember the achievements of the 1973 Constitution, and the services of the late Zulfikar Abid to democracy and the country during the week-long celebrations marking the 75th founding anniversary of the country. Sources said that the Parliament House will host the relevant books and a photo exhibition to mark the occasion.