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Opposition agitates price hike in NA today.

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), Pakistan People's Party and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal - the major opposition parties - have decided to develop a united strategy for their course of action, while Leader of the House Prime Minister Imran Khan will be turning up for the first time in the current sitting of National Assembly on Monday afternoon. The PM announced last week that he would be attending the house proceedings. The sources pointed out that the opposition will agitate the question of dearness including the price hike of petroleum products, medicines, energy including gas and essential items in the presence of prime minister.

The serious charges against the ousted federal health minister, inflated gas bills, will also be subject of the protest to be made by the opposition in the presence of prime minister in house. Appointment of new governor of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and sudden change of the FBR will be another significant issue that the opposition will take up. The parliamentary leaders of the opposition will put their heads together in the chamber of the leader of opposition in the Parliament House before the commencement of the session. Well-placed parliamentary sources told The News on Sunday that former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will lead the opposition in the absence of leader of opposition Shahbaz Sharif, who is in the United Kingdom for treatment.

The opposition PML-N stalwarts are in touch with Quaid PML-N and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for his guidance. Meanwhile, the opposition has decided to pursue its demand for a trial against Imran Khan under Article 6 of the Constitution for his assertions made in Tehran during his visit to Iran and his remarks about the army and militants in his recent interview appeared in a New York newspaper. The opposition has also rejected the explanation offered about comments of the prime minister made in Iran by the Prime Minister Office (PMO) afterwards. Former speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has already raised the issue in the National Assembly's ongoing session and he has asked speaker Asad Qaiser to take cognize of the matter for initiation proceedings against Imran Khan.

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Publication:The Messenger (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:May 6, 2019
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