ISLAMABAD - The PML-N government has summoned a joint session of the Parliament today (Tuesday) to adopt a strong-worded resolution to express confidence in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and uphold supremacy of the Constitution. The joint sitting of the Parliament which might continue more than three days will thoroughly debate the prevailing political crisis and possible ways to end the political deadlock.

Senior lawmakers from both the houses, assuring their support to the government against the protesting parties (PTI and PAT), would suggest the ways to tackle the situation. The joint session which may not witness full presence of lawmakers will debate maximum possible solution of the problem. The government side will take the house into confidence about all the possible measures and the steps so far taken to defuse the tension. The idea to hold a joint sitting of the parliament was given by Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah and some other senior lawmakers, apparently to give message to the protesting parties about the determination of the political parties to continue the current setup, several lawmakers told The Nation. Political pundits, appreciating the government’s move to summon the joint session of the Parliament, assumed it would help create good image of the ruling party, besides politically isolating Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

They also think that the government wants to hide its follies behind the joint sitting of the Parliament.

The extraordinary joint session will be held on Tuesday (today) morning at 10am as the government plans to take the crisis situation to the Parliament. President Mamnoon Hussain called the session on advice of the prime minister.