Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

NA condemns Imran, Sheikh Rashid's anti-parliament remarks

NA condemns Imran, Sheikh Rashid's anti-parliament remarks

The lawmakers in the National Assembly on Thursday demanded that Opposition leaders who had openly cursed the parliament at a rally in Lahore should be summoned to appear before the National Assembly to explain their remarks.

Famed cricketer turned politician Imran Khan said Saturday that meeting US President Donald Trump would be a "bitter pill" to swallow should he become Pakistan's prime minister in elections later this year, but added "I would meet him".

At this point, PTI MNA Sheheryar Afridi stood up and launched a verbal attack on Deputy Speaker Javed Murtaza Abbasi, calling him "laanti" (accursed) for not allowing him to speak on a point of order.

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"When a Parliament, which must protect nation's interests, passes a person-specific law allowing a disqualified person guilty of Rs 3 bn money laundering, tax evasion, concealment of assets, forgery & perjury to become head of a pol party, then such a law is a "laanath" on Parlliament".

His resignation has not been received by the National Assembly secretariat yet.

Sensing a loss of decorum, the deputy speaker hastily adjourned the sitting till Monday due to which many agenda items were not discussed. This angered the PTI MNAs, who began cursing parliament and the deputy speaker on the floor of the house.

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Talking to reporters outside the parliament house, Murad said that any parliament that enacts a certain law to provide legal cover to a criminal was not worthy of any praise. "If anyone disagrees, I challenge them to do a public poll on what ppl [people] think of such a Parliament".

The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab earlier moved a motion in the house to constitute a special committee to investigate child abuse cases and recommend remedies in this connection. The committee was ordered to write and submit a report within 30 days.

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