ISLAMABAD: The first session of 15th National Assembly commenced on Monday as 331 members of the lower house of the parliament took oath after July 25 general elections.
Outgoing NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq is presiding over the historic session and administered oath to the to the MNAs-elect in the 342-member house.
PMI-in-waiting Imran Khan, PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Shireen Mazari, Asad Umer, Pervez Khattak, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Munazza Hassan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi among others are attending the first sessionof the revamped House.
Strict security arrangements have been made for the occasion as at least a thousand security men have been deployed in and oustide the parliament building.
The Constitution makes it mandatory to convene NA session within 21 days of general elections. Speaker NA Ayaz Sadiq will preside over the historic session. In the first session, newly elected members of the lower house of the parliament will take oath. Following this, the MNAs will go into voting to pick speaker and deputy speaker. The deadline for submitting nomination papers for slot of NA speaker and deputy is 12AM, Tuesday. Voting for aforementioned slots will take place on August 15.
The ballot for prime minister and opposition leader will be held shortly after.
Several political bigwigs including Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah will make their debut in the NA. Likewise, Asif Ali Zardari will step into the parliament after span of 25 years in capacity of MNA.
However, many big guns including likes of JUI (F) chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman and PkAMP chieftain Mahmood Khan Achakzai failed to make their way into the lower house of the parliament.