Parliament to convene session on coronavirus on May 11: FM Qureshi


ISLAMABAD: A session of the Parliament will convene on May 11 at 3pm, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Tuesday, adding that the meeting would only focus on coronavirus.

Speaking to the media here in the federal capital, Qureshi said the parliamentary session would continue every other day. “It was decided that no quorum will be identified in this meeting,” he added.

“The session of the Parliament will be limited to [discussion on] the coronavirus pandemic only,” the foreign minister underlined.

Qureshi also explained that no visitors would be allowed to participate in the session and that movement in the Parliament Lodges would also be limited.

Chaudhry laments virtual session idea being ignored

A day prior, Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said the Opposition parties opposed technology by opposing a proposed virtual meeting of the Parliament amid the coronavirus lockdown.

“The Parliament session is necessary but people’s health is also necessary,” Chaudhry had said.

“The speaker [of the National Assembly] has contracted the coronavirus,” he had added, referring to PTI leader Asad Qaiser, who had tested positive for COVID-19 alongside his son and daughter on April 30.

Related: Fawad Chaudhry throws weight behind virtual parliament session

The federal minister had said he earlier proposed a virtual meeting. “We don’t go to the Parliament to hug each other; one has to talk, make speeches,” he noted.

The Parliament, he had underscored, had a role in the political sphere, which was why it was necessary to call a virtual meeting. The Opposition parties, by opposing the idea of a virtual meeting had resisted technology, he had observed.