ISLAMABAD - With the hope to get Reform General Sales Tax passed from the Lower House, President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned the session of the National Assembly today (Monday). The proceedings of the House will start at 10 in the morning while Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza is likely to chair the meeting. According to sources, the session may continue till the third week of January 2011. Besides several calling attention notices and adjournment motions, the Parliament may proceed on the RGST with the help of coalition or the main opposition party PML-N in the Lower House. The Information Minister has already claimed to pass the RGST in the same session while the PPP leadership has been struggling hard to convince its coalition as well as opposition parties on the issue. Accordingly, a delegation of PPP ministers has already met with PML-N leadership in Lahore while President Asif Ali Zardari has himself written a letter to PML-N chief seeking his cooperation on several issues including RGST. President Asif Ali Zardari has once again extended hand of friendship to PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif and invited him to nominate the partys senior representatives to jointly take difficult decisions required to take the country forward, spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said. The President in his letter also sought cooperation of the PML-N in the RGST Bill 2010 reminding him that his Partys nominee Ishaq Dar, the former Finance Minister, along with the senators of all major political parties had unanimously recommended the RGST law with some 15 amendments. The Senate adopted those recommendations along with the Bill, and referred it to the National Assembly. We also hope for your support in the National Assembly for the passage of this important reform measure. Meanwhile, PML-Q parliamentarians including Faisal Saleh Hayat, Marvi Memon, Ameer Muqam, Humayun Saifullah and Bushra Rehman have submitted adjournment motions in National Assembly Secretariat to discuss issues like price hike, impact of proposed RGST on common men, gas and electricity shortages and over-billing leading to dissatisfaction & increased suicides. Other motions pertain to air safety procedures in light of the three crashes in last 5 months, increased drone attacks and the counter terrorist attacks, WikiLeaks impact on Pakistans image and sovereignty, increased child gang rapes, kidnappings and no action against the culprits, Indian water terrorism and territorial interferences, power generation efforts of the Government leading to shortages and increasing electricity prices, Pakistani diplomats in different embassies and consulates of USA, KSA, Dubai and Qatar, issuance of Pakistani visas to people blacklisted and declared security threat by Pakistani security agencies.