National Assembly prorogued after ruckus

By: News Desk
Published: 02:59 PM, 23 Apr, 2021
National Assembly prorogued after ruckus
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The National Assembly session was prorogued indefinitely without holding a debate on the expulsion of French ambassador as the Opposition members surrounded the speaker’s dais to register their protest, reported 24News HD TV Channel. 

The National Assembly held its session to deliberate the matter of French ambassador's expulsion. On April 19, the resolution on the issue of French envoy’s expulsion from Pakistan was tabled in the assembly in line with the agreement between the government and banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). 

On Thursday, NA Speaker Asad Qaiser had sought names from parliamentary leaders of all parties having representation in the NA for inclusion in the proposed special committee of the house to take up the resolution on the issue of French envoy. However, once the session began on Friday, lawmakers from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) asked that they be allowed to speak on the point of contention.

However, they gathered near the speaker’s podium and raised slogans after being refused time to speak.

According to details, Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri was presiding over the assembly session on Friday. The opposition members wanted to speak on a point of contention. But the deputy speaker did not pay heed

PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal asked the deputy speaker to allow PPP leader Raja Ashraf to raise his point. But the deputy speaker rejected his plea. On this, both the PPP and PML-N along with JUI-F boycotted the question answer session and started raising a noise. The opposition members encircled the speaker’s dais and raised slogans. 

The deputy speaker tried to calm down the opposition members but the animated parliamentarians were not ready to listen to him. 

Earlier, the assembly condemned the Quetta blast and prayed for the martyred souls. It also prayed for the forgiveness of late IG KP Nasir Durrani. One-minute silence was also observed in the assembly on the demise of NA member Dr Ramesh Kumar’s brother.