Disturbance and delays mar Punjab Assembly budget session
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The session started six hours behind schedule as the opposition PTI raised the demand for quashing the cases against its lawmakers and seeking an apology from the top cop for police mishandling of senior members. The session was scheduled to be held at 2:00 pm.
The assembly resumed its proceedings for a few minutes with Speaker Parvez Elahi in the chair. The session had a 10-minute break after the chair issued directives to oust Attaullah Tarar from the house.
The speaker stressed that the atmosphere will not be conducive if Attaullah Tarrar does not leave the house. The government member sprang into action to defend Attaullah Tarrar, causing the 10-minute break to extend to almost an hour.
Also, the absence of the top cop and chief secretary concerned irked the PTI lawmakers who have been calling for an apology for manhandling their colleagues and registration of cases against them.
At the onset, just 15 members were present delaying the session for two hours. The treasury and opposition members exchanged hot words during the meeting of the Punjab Assembly Business Advisory Committee.
PTI Mian Aslam Iqbal and PML-N Malik Ahmed Khan had a verbal brawl over the summoning of the IG in the PA.
Sources said the government sought time to comply with the opposition's demands.
The PML-N defended the police action in PA while PTI members demanded an apology over the alleged torture by the police of PTI workers during the Long March.