Opp in Senate registers noisy protest against ministers’ remarks

By: News Desk      Published: 03:36 PM, 14 Jul, 2021
Opp in Senate registers noisy protest against ministers’ remarks
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The Senate session on Wednesday witnessed a noisy protest by the opposition which chanted slogans of ‘Unruly PTI Sarkar’ during the speech of Leader of the House Senator Shahzad Waseem, ignoring calls for calm by Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Chairman Sanjrani kept urging members of the opposition to stop raising slogans, but all his calls for ‘Order in the House’ fell on deaf ears as senators from Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) protested against the use of inappropriate words by two federal ministers against two former prime ministers during electioneering in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Even Sanjrani’s threat to adjourn the session failed to convince the rowdy senators. “You can talk in the House, but please refrain from shouting,” the chairman said to the opposition senators.

Later, speaking during the session, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said that he and others might have differences with the founding father of PPP and former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s (ZAB) policies, but some of his good works outweighed his bad ones. “What ZAB did for Islam and Pakistan are worthy to be written in golden words,” he said, and added, “The former prime minister brought back 90, 000 Pakistani soldiers held captive by India in East Pakistan (Bangladesh); convened second Islamic conference in Lahore to put pressure on India; laid the foundation of country’s nuclear programme, and the greatest contribution he had made was that Ahmedis were declared infidels during his tenure. And perhaps that became the reason why he was hanged. Therefore, it is necessary that such personalities are remembered in good words.”

PML-N Senator Asif Kirmani said the faithful had been enjoined in the holy Quran not to call people names. “Our heads hung in shame due to the remarks made by two federal ministers in AJK,” he said, and added following deterioration in the country’s economy, moral standards had also fallen under the PTI government. “What was said by federal ministers about two former prime ministers of the country is unacceptable,” Kirmani said categorically.

These people had managed to sneak into power through deceit and rigging, and now it was their test to deliver. “You cannot distort the historical facts by shouting abuses,” PML-N senator said, and added it was unfortunate that ZAB who had the foundation of country’s nuclear programme and Nawaz Sharif who developed it were called looters and thugs. “Women have respect in our society. The kind of language used against PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz is condemnable. Leader of the House Shahzad Waseem ought to have condemned it in his speech,” Kirmani said, and added, “No politician in the country was safe from the foul language used by PTI leaders.”

He said that while on one hand, the government had decreased the prices of cars in the national budget, it had increased the prices of food items on the other.