ISLAMABAD – The ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has sought the trouble of getting controversial law ‘Protection of Pakistan Ordinance‘ approved in joint session of the parliament as it lack the numbers in the upper house i.e. Senate.
Reports suggested that political and constitutional experts had suggested the government to call joint session of the parliament in order to get the PPO approved.
PML-N only holds 14 seats in the upper house. However if National Party (Balochistan), Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), Baloch National Party (BNP) and Independent senators weighed their votes in favor of PML-N it would get the total of 32 votes.
Though even then the sum total of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) would be 80.
Jamaiyat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F), however, recently departed itself from the coalition government of PML-N who possessed 7 seats in the Senate. However, gaining their confidence again would make a little difference.
But if a joint session of the parliament was convened then the scenario would be entirely change. The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) does not require two-third majority to be transformed into the law rather it requires the simple majority.
However, after public announcements from the opposition parties, including PML-Q, PPP and MQM, government does not even has a simple majority in the Senate to get this law approved.
Party Position in the Senate