Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has summoned the first meeting of the new Parliament on March 17, setting the stage for a possible showdown with the opposition parties that won last month’s general election.
Apart from the National Assembly — the lower house of Parliament, the President summoned the new provincial assemblies to meet on March 17, officials said on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro signed a document regarding the summoning of the assemblies and sent it to Musharraf for final approval on Monday.
The announcement on convening of the new parliament came two days after PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif clinched a deal on formation of a coalition government. Both parties had won the February 18 parliamentary polls, handing down a crushing defeat to pro-Musharraf ruling PML-Q.
PPP and PML-N also agreed to reinstate the judges sacked by Musharraf during last year’s emergency within a month of assuming power.