Ruckus in Sindh Assembly as PTI and PPP lawmakers come to blows

By: News Desk      Published: 03:25 PM, 2 Mar, 2021
Ruckus in Sindh Assembly as PTI and PPP lawmakers come to blows

The Sindh Assembly (SA) again descended into chaos on Tuesday as lawmakers from both Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) called each other names and even had a scuffle with each other and fought boxing bouts, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.  

The scuffle started when PTI members attacked three estranged members of their party on their arrival in the assembly. 

This led to an intervention by members of the PPP who had to separate PTI members from the dissidents of the party. Later, members of PPP and PTI were at each other’s throats when the latter saw the former intervening to calm down the nerves.

Later, talking to the media outside the assembly building, Opposition Leader belonging to the PTI Haleem Adil Sheikh said today everybody had seen PPP members’ ‘unruly’ behaviour. “We will lodge FIRs against them since today they have beaten up our members and have proven that they are ‘terrorists’,” he said, and addressing PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari added, “Bilawal, you are not the son of Benazir, but of a terrorist.”

Haleem Adil Sheikh said that on behalf of opposition in the SA, he condemned Tuesday’s (today) events, and appealed to the Supreme Court as well as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take a notice.  

The Opposition Leader in the Sindh Assembly also called upon the Rangers to lay siege to the assembly building since, what he alleged, the PPP had converted the legislature into a ‘Red Light’ area. “Provincial Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the DIG are their servants,” he alleged.

Meanwhile, PPP leader Shehla Raza, while talking to the media, said that when she saw PTI legislators dragging their estranged party members, she stopped them. “And when I asked one of them not to beat up their fellow party men, even I was pushed,” she alleged. 

She said she had told PTI members of the assembly that their ‘violent’ behaviour was being filmed and would be shown to the ECP officials, but they did not pay any heed. 

She further said that the hooliganism that was witnessed in the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday (today) had few parallels. “Such kind of chaos was seen during the time of MQM-Haqeeqi,” Shehla recalled.  

PPP leader said she feared for the life of PTI dissident Karim Bux Gabol. 

She dispelled the impression that it was PPP which had asked estranged PTI members to come to the assembly.  “They had come on their own,” she claimed. 

PPP leader and minister Nasir Shah dubbed the assembly proceedings as “highly unpleasant”. He expressed the hope that the Sindh Assembly speaker will take action.