Press Gallery: Ruckus in PA over non-parliamentary remarks about PM

Hassan NaqviReporter

13th Aug, 2021. 02:39 pm

LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly session was again marred by ruckus after a query regarding the Department of Excise and Narcotics Control was taken up in the question-hour session.

The PML-N’s lawmaker, during the session, remarked that Buzdar-led PTI government in the province has failed to take effective measures for narcotics control, as their leader Prime Minister Imran Khan was a drug addict.

Soon after the remarks, the house resembled a fish market with the treasury and opposition benches calling each other’s names, chanting slogans and alleging each other of corruption in a non-parliamentary language.

It was definitely a sad affair, as such non-parliamentary remarks about the chief executive of the country are definitely condemnable.

Law Minister Raja Basharat asked Nawabzada Wasim, from the panel of the chairman, who was presiding today’s session in place of Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, to send Malik Arshad out of the House, otherwise they will not let the session proceed and also demanded that he take his words against Imran Khan back.

It was a difficult day for the panel of chairman to smoothly run the session, he tried to control the situation by suspending two PML-N lawmakers — Malik Arshad and Mirza Muhammad Javed but things only kept escalating further with provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat and former law minister Rana Mashood hurling offences on each other.

Basharat claimed that their own leaders are thieves and the face of loot and plunder and; therefore, they should not be passing remarks about the premier, while challenging the opposition members to fight with them outside the floor of the house if they are interested because such non-parliamentary language won’t be allowed at the floor of the house.

Instead of cooling things down, Mashood accepted the challenge and said if Basharat really wanted to fight it outside the parliament, the PML-N was up for it.

PML-N lawmaker Khalil Tahir Sindhu pointed out the lack of quorum but failed on head count, as the quorum was complete but the panel of chairman called off the session for an indefinite period.

Delay in sessions

Friday’s session also started late after an hour’s delay, which is another cause of concern that Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervaiz Elahi has failed to resolve.

The session started hours after its scheduled time, which gives an impression as if the public representatives don’t take the parliament seriously. Elahi himself has expressed dismay and often perturbed about the non-serious attitude of the members of the house.

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