Dissolved House to meet to debate emergency

Parliament has been re-convened for Tuesday to obtain approval for the extension of the state of emergency - only the second time in the country’s parliamentary history - that the House has been summoned after dissolution.

In September 2000, Parliament was summoned during dissolution under powers vested in the President in Article 155 (4) (1) of the Constitution for the purpose of extending the emergency by a resolution made under the Public Security Ordinance.

The Secretary General of Parliament had written to all MPs of the Sixth Parliament to be present at the sittings. The time for sittings on Tuesday has been fixed for between 9.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. for the emergency debate.

Parliament has been listed to meet again on April 6, two days before the general elections, to get approval for the extension of the emergency once again, until the new legislature meets on April 22.

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