The National Assembly Session on Friday (May 31) turned to fish market when Opposition parties staged protest in front of speaker’s dais during ongoing National Assembly (NA) session.
While holding placards, the opposition parties chanted slogans and demanded to issue production orders of Member National Assembly Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir who are in Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) custody. The parties also protested over filing presidential references against the judges.
Revoke memberships of MNA’s
The state minister for parliamentary affairs, Ali Muhammad Khan demanded that the “membership of those [members of the National Assembly] because of whom casualties occurred should be revoked”, in reference to the North Waziristan clash last Sunday that according to the military was perpetrated by a group led by Mohsin Javed Dawar and Ali Wazir.
Ali Muhammad Khan Speech In National Assembly (31.05.19) pic.twitter.com/sxOKPCPiYh
— PTI (@PTIofficial) May 31, 2019
حکومت نے اپوزیشن کے کسی رہنما کو بولنے کا موقع نہیں دیا۔ آج جو پارلیمنٹ میں ہوا وہ جمہوریت نہیں آمرانہ طریقہ ہے۔ pic.twitter.com/1fgDONmATz
— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) May 31, 2019
Chaos erupted in NA Session
Members of the Opposition, in response to Khan’s speech started protest. On the other hand, representatives of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also came to counter-protest. Both the parties ended up in a chaotic scuffle in front of the NA Speaker’s dais.
“During this, some members of the MQM and the government walked to the speaker’s dais with posters and began shouting ‘give Karachi water’ at Bilawal. This enraged the PPP leaders, including Naveed Qamar, who stalked to the dais and tried to snatch the posters from their hands. Pushing and shoving also commenced.”
The session, which was chaired by the deputy speaker, was adjourned indefinitely.
Bilawal, Abbasi Condemns Govt. Action
Speaking to the media, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari condemned the government’s action against the judges. “They [government] filed references against the judges and did not even tell them. These references were filed in secret and show the government’s intent,” Bilawal said. “The government is trying to make a selected judiciary and a selected opposition and we condemn this,” Bilawal added.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said “Today the Bar Councils and representative bodies are against the action taken by the government,” Abbasi said. “The Senate has passed the resolution condemning the attack and we have filed it in the National Assembly as well.”
“We strongly condemn the references and urge the government to take them back,” he added. Abbasi further said, “These references were made in the dead of the night and no one knew anything about it. This action was taken to dismantle the judiciary and drag their name through the mud.” “We stand with the legal fraternity,” he added.