During the joint session of the parliament convened to take up the issues of Indian aggression on Line of Control and the Kashmir issue descended into chaos on Thursday. Members of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) had taken Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan to task for not attending the session. The ruling party members were of the opinion that India will cash Imran’s absence from the joint session; which the Indian media did. However the session on Kashmir after the successful first day turned into an internal political battle with PMLN Senator Mushahidullah Khan alleged Pakistan Peoples Party’s Senator Aitzaz Ahsan of being involved in corruption and handing over list of Sikhs to India’s intelligence agency. ‘This is documented and Rajiv Gandhi had thanked Benazir Bhutto for this,’ said the PMLN senator. Mushahid also criticized PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, stating that the PMLN would win the 2018 elections and Nawaz Sharif would once again be prime minister. ‘We will see who will be prime minister and who will be in jail.’
Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah hit back at the senator’s incendiary statements. ‘If the government thinks the opposition should tape their mouths shut, then we’ll leave you to continue your speeches. A party has already boycotted the house, why are you making such enmities?’ However, as the opposition began to stage a walkout from the house, the speaker and JI Chief Siraj-ul-Haq calmed lawmakers, asking them to ‘think about Pakistan’. The intended message was supposed to be of unity but due to the oft repeated allegations by the ruling party’s Senator the message that was sent turned out to be of discord and division.
Government has only itself to blame for the chaos during the joint session.