Ruckus and disorderly conduct continued on the second day of the parliament session on Thursday, with chaos erupting soon after PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi stood up to address the speaker.
Speaker Ayaz Sadiq tried to maintain order in the house but PML-N lawmakers began yelling when Qureshi started to address the speaker in a hostile manner.
“I would have presented my point of view on the privilege motion submitted by my party if you had given me 10 minutes after Leader of Opposition Khursheed Shah spoke yesterday,” said Qureshi.
“If this was done yesterday then what happened yesterday would not have happened.”
“I expect the speaker to protect the rights of minorities and the opposition. I might be alone and my voice might be weak, but I am speaking on behalf of eight million people,” said the veteran PTI leader.
The PTI leader said he has seen the speaker coming under pressure from the government. He added that he will respect Sadiq of he is neutral, but will not refer to him as the ‘speaker’ if he sides with the government.
“I never disrespected you as the speaker. I never wanted to address you like I did yesterday. I was dragged and forced in that corner to address you as Mr Ayaz Sadiq,” said Qureshi, explaining his earlier outburst.
Referring to Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique earlier comments, in which he called lawmakers from the PTI as ‘hooligans’, he said, “Ministry of Railways referred to our protest yesterday as noise by ‘PTI’s hooligans’. This is all on record and it’s all over the news.”
The speaker countered and said he will get the word ‘hooligans’ expunged from the house’s records.
“You’re used to terrible accident on the railways. If this misbehaviour continues, a parliamentary accident will also occur, one that hasn’t been witnessed before,” said Qureshi to Rafique.
PTI’s Qureshi also said Saad Rafique will have to apologise for his earlier comments, or he will not be allowed to address the floor of the house.
“Saad Rafique needs to apologise to us or else he shouldn’t be allowed to speak.”
‘Trashed our privilege motion’
The PTI leader, referring to the privileged motion, claimed he was not aware that the PPP would be submitting one too.
“I did not know PPP had also submitted a similar privilege motion to the one PTI had drafted.”
However, on Wednesday the Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah and Qureshi did hold a meeting before the start of the parliamentary session.
Talking in the assembly about PTI’s privilege motion, which was to be submitted on Wednesday, the PTI leader claimed that their privilege motion was trashed before it was even heard.
“How can you give a ruling without listening to us?” questioned the PTI leader.
“Senator Aitezaz Ahsan, on television said what we’ve put forth is not subjudice.”
“We never spoke on Panamagate. We spoke about Nawaz Sharif lying on the floor of the parliament.”
He added that PTI’s privileged motion had simply asked whether what Nawaz Sharif was saying on the floor of the house was the truth or the one he presented in the court was the truth.
“This was the privilege motion that you rejected without giving us a chance to explain.”
Qureshi added that if the premier can come to the parliament and explain what his lawyer said, the rift would settle down.
courtesy : dawn news