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Article 54: Summoning and prorogation of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)

1. The President may, from time to time, summon either House or both Houses or Majlise- Shoora (Parliament) in joint sitting to meet at such time and place as he thinks fit and may also prorogue the same.

2. There shall be at least three sessions of the National Assembly every year, and not more than one hundred and twenty days shall intervene between the last sitting of the Assembly in one session and the date appointed for its first sitting in the next session: Provided that the National Assembly shall meet for not less than one
hundred and thirty working days in each year.

Explanation.- In this clause, "working days" includes any day on which there is a joint sitting and any period, not exceeding two days, for which the National Assembly is adjourned.

3. On a requisition signed by not less than one-fourth of the total membership of the National Assembly, the Speaker shall summon the National Assembly to meet, at such time and place as he thinks fit, within fourteen days of the receipt of the requisition; and when the Speaker has summoned the Assembly
only he may prorogue it.

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