ISLAMABAB: President Asif Ali Zardari will visit the parliament house on Wednesday to attend a farewell hosted by the opposition.

It will be the first farewell for an outgoing head of state at the parliament house.

“All MNAs and Senators belonging to opposition parties have been invited to the reception,” Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah told Dawn on Sunday.

Asked if the leader of the house had also been invited, he said: “The prime minister has not been invited because it will be purely an opposition function.”

President Zardari will be the first elected president of the country to complete his five-year tenure on September 8.

A source in the National Assembly’s Secretariat said adequate security arrangements would be made at the parliament house during President Zardari’s visit.

Presidency’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said President Zardari would attend another farewell on Thursday to be hosted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM’s House.

“It will be a luncheon ceremony and is likely to be held on September 5,” said an official of the Prime Minister Office’s media wing.

Sources in the presidency said President Zardari also planned to host a reception for Prime Minister Sharif and his cabinet in a couple of days.

Members of the cabinets of former prime ministers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf will also attend the reception.

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G.Nabi
September 2, 2013 12:39 pm

After all the feasting, send the bill to IMF.

Khwaja Tariq
September 2, 2013 6:41 pm

Who will the cost of all the three receptions ?

kirther
September 2, 2013 8:16 pm

Pakistan has very limited financial resources then why waist such meagre financial resources in non productive manner, secondly the recent flood has further compounded the difficulties of poor people, in such circumstances all resources must be diverted towards rehabilitation of effected people--Pakistani politicians certainly lack in national spirit and direction.

Ali
September 2, 2013 10:00 pm

Shabash, khao peeyo mauj karo. bohot kaam kiya, watan me sarey log bohot khush khushal ho gaey hain. A good for nothing President has completed his long FIVE years term of loot and plunder. Make merry.

mohsin Meghani
September 2, 2013 11:00 pm

Congratulations for your patience and peaceful transfer of power in a most uncertain and fragile Pakistani system. This will definitely define a positive trend in transfer of power in future and not allowing the undemocratic forces to take over despite creating a chaos and many a time destabilizing through media and judiciary.

BB
September 3, 2013 12:20 am

Before he leaves the current govt. should remove his friends from key posts to curb corruption. They all should be held accountable for mega corruption that took place during past 5 years!

M.S.K
September 3, 2013 4:14 am

WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY OF THE NATION ALREADY UNDER HUGH DEBT. DO WE DESERVE THESE LUXURIES? SPEND THIS MONEY ON RESTORING BASIS NECESSITIES FOR THE COUNTRY LIKE POWER,CLEAN WATER, GAS AND EDUCATION.

malikk
September 3, 2013 7:04 am

@G.Nabi: agreed

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