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Article: 56 Address by President

56. Address by President.- 1[(1)] The President may address either House or both Houses assembled together and may for that purpose require the attendance of the members.

1[(2) The President may send messages to either House, whether with respect to a Bill then pending in the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) or otherwise, and a House to which any message is so sent shall with all convenient despatch consider any matter required by the message to be taken into consideration.

2[(3) At the commencement of the first session after each general election to the National Assembly and at the commencement of the first session of each year the President shall address both Houses assembled together and inform the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) of the causes of its summons.]

(4) Provision shall be made in the rules for regulating the procedure of a House and the conduct of its business for the allotment of time for discussion of the matters referred to in the address of the President.]

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Footnotes:

1. Item 13 of the Schedule to P.O. No. 14 of 1985, renumbered Article 56 as 56 (1) and added clauses (2), (3) and (4) thereto. (w.e.f. March 2, 1985).

2. Section 4 of the Constitution (Eighth Amendment) Act, 1985 (18 of 1985) substituted clause (3) of Art. 56, in its present form (w.e.f. November 11, 1985) in place of the said clause as added by Item 13 of the schedule to P.O. 14 of 1985, (w.e.f. March 2, 1985), that read :
“(3). At the commencement of each session of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), the President shall address both Houses assembled together and inform the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) of the causes of its summons.”


Comparative Table of Article 56 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 :
Constitution of Pakistan 1962 :
25(1)
Constitution of Pakistan 1956 :
52
Constitution of India 1950:
86
Government of India Act 1935:
20


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Leading & Latest Cases on Article 56 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 :

MUHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF
PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN AND OTHERS

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