Ruckus in NA: Senate, Opposition parties unequivocally demand PM’s resignation

April 21, 2017

ISLAMABAD (INP): The National Assembly and the Senate witnessed rumpus as members from the opposition benches created noisy scenes, surrounded the dais of the speaker, demanded resignation of the Prime Minister and raised slogans of “Go Nawaz Go”.

Opposition members participated in the Senate and National Assembly sessions with black ribbons tied on their arms as a gesture to record protest.

Earlier the parliamentary leaders of all the opposition parties in the two houses of Parliament held a joint meeting and decided a course of action that they would not allow routine proceedings and press for their demand of resignation of the Prime Minister.

In the National Assembly, the Acting Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi who was presiding the session in the absence of Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who proceeded on official to Iran, had spent a lot of time and tried to persuade the agitating opposition members for order in the house but could not succeed.

PTI Chief Imran Khan, particularly came to the national assembly to speak on the SC verdict on Panama Papers but in the wake of strong protest by the opposition and replies of the treasury members of “Nawaz Sharif Sher Hai” could not make his much awaited address. Abid SherAli and some other members of PML-N made victory signs.

Speaking on a point of order before the scheduled question hour, opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah said that the Prime Minister did not like to attend the session and now that a verdict against him has come in the Panama Case and two judges have openly disqualified him and the three other judges have also not cleared him, his (PM)’s absence from the house is better. He described the JIT as a drama questioning that how the subordinate officers can investigate the Prime Minister. He asked the Prime Minister to resign and save democracy and the Parliament.

Minister for Parliament Affairs Sheikh Aftab told the opposition to forget that the Prime Minister would resign. He said the opposition has no mandate to ask the prime minister to resign as he has come to the high office with a massive mandate. He said those who lost elections in Chakwal the other day cannot demand the resignation.

The opposition members meanwhile continued their protest and tore apart the agenda for the day to press for their demand.

In the Senate also opposition demanded resignation of the Prime Minister on moral grounds. Despite efforts of the Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani, the opposition members including leader of the opposition Aitzaz Ahsan continued their protest and the chairman then adjourned the house.