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Newly elected Senators of Senate takes oath today

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ISLAMABAD: Newly elected Senators of the Senate took oath of their public office on Thursday under the administration of Federal Minister of Finance, Senator Ishaq Dar who was nominated by President Mamnnon Hussain as presiding officer.

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The 48 newly elected Senators of the Senate (Upper House Parliament) took oath in the Parliament Building, Islamabad, on Thursday, 12th March 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

The Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the house will be elected later during the session. Mian Raza Rabbani of Pakistan Peoples Party and Maulana Abdul Sattar or Maulana Ghafoor Haideri of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal Group (JUI-F) are supposed to be elected as Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson respectively.

The Senate’s first session of 13th parliamentary year had been summoned by President Mamnoon Hussain that was published by Senate of Pakistan on March 10, 2015.

Later, the presiding officer announced schedule for the election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Senate, which will be held at 03:00 p.m. today.

The House has now been adjourned to meet again at 03:00 p.m. today.

Procedure of Oath Taking:

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According to constitution of Pakistan a person, elected as member, before taking seat in the Senate, is required to make an oath before the Senate.

Member is required to take oath that he will perform his functions honestly, to the best of his ability, faithfully, in accordance with the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the law, and the rules of the Senate, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of Pakistan.

Oath is generally made at the commencement of a sitting immediately after recitation from the Holy Quran. Oath is administered as the first item of business of the day. The member, taking the Oath, faces the Chair while making the oath. Thereafter, the member signs the Roll of Members. After signing the Role the member takes the seat allotted to him in the House.

Senate’s Session Procedure:

It is mandatory, under Article 61 read with Article 54(2) of the Constitution, for the Senate to hold at least three sessions and further to meet for not less than 110 days in each parliamentary year. In addition, more than one hundred and twenty days should not intervene between last sitting of the Senate in one session and the date appointed for its first sitting in the next session.

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