President Arfi Alvi will address the joint session of parliament on Monday, marking the beginning of the new parliamentary year, the fourth of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.

According to an official announcement on Saturday, the joint session will be attended by all members of parliament besides chief justice of Pakistan, services chiefs, advisers and special assistants to the prime ministers, heads of all the constitutional bodies, diplomats and other dignitaries as guests.

Earlier, it was announced that the joint session would begin in the morning, but now the schedule has been changed and the house will meet at 4pm.

According to the officials, all the lawmakers had been informed about the session, while invitations had been sent to the guests.

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser will chair the joint sitting of the Senate and National Assembly, which will be held under strict coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs). A rapid covid test counter will be set up at the reception of the Parliament House to facilitate the lawmakers.

A comprehensive security plan had also been prepared. The parliamentarians had been asked not to bring guests and security staff to the session. A shuttle service will be run for the parliamentarians from the Parliament Lodges to the Parliament House.

A four-layered security pan had been prepared for the session. The Islamabad Police would be placed in the first zone of security, the parliamentary security staff would be in the second zone, the special branch in the third zone, while the Rangers will be deployed in the fourth zone.

The statement said that unauthorised persons would not be allowed to enter the red zone during the joint sitting.

The story was filed by the News Desk.
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