Opp ‘trampled’ in joint session, mulling no-trust move: Shehbaz
Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif.–File photo
Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif has said the speaker trampled on all parliamentary norms on the dictation of the “selected prime minister” during the joint session of the parliament on Wednesday.
Addressing the joint press conference of opposition leaders at the opposition chamber at the Parliament House, Shehbaz said it was a black day in the history of parliamentary democracy as even the leader of the opposition was not allowed to speak. He said the speaker did not have even eye contact with opposition leaders. He said it was a tragic day and he was not allowed to speak on amendments to various laws. On the insistence of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, he said, he asked the speaker again to allow him to speak on the amendments, but to no avail. He said the opposition parties staged a joint walkout from the Parliament House after they were not allowed to speak on amendments to the anti-money laundering. He said the opposition has been left with no option, but no-confidence move. He said the opposition will take solid steps at the upcoming all parties conference.
Bilawal said that today’s legislation was done unconstitutionally in an undemocratic way. He said the opposition tried to convince the government that an adviser cannot table a bill in the house after a recent court verdict.