Uproar in NA after Deputy Speaker Suri expels PPP’s Agha Rafiullah
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri Wednesday ordered the Sergeant at Arms to expel the Pakistan People’s Party MNA Syed Agha Rafiullah from the National Assembly over his attempt to create rumpus in the lower house, triggering an uproar in the house with the opposition members demanding the withdrawal of the ruling, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The Opposition members were vocal in their protest, maintaining that Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, who was chairing the session in absence of Speaker Asad Qaiser, has been denying them the mic.
Qasim Suri said: “Expel him from the Hall…he cannot sit in the entire session.”
After being warned that he was "getting personal", Rafiullah was ordered to leave the assembly hall. “He impedes the NA proceedings and will not be allowed in,” Suri said.
PTI MNA Ali Muhammad interjected at this point to read out from the rules of the house and point out that Rafiullah himself should be apologising. “He should respect the chair and follow the deputy speaker’s command,” he said, recommending that Rafiullah leave the hall for a minute and return so that the chair's ruling is implemented.
Syed Agha Rafiullah was trying to speak up during the session and despite repeated warnings that his behaviour was hindering the assembly's proceedings, he kept on raising his voice.
On hearing the orders, Syed Agha Rafiullah said who has the courage to take him out of this hall.
The Deputy Speaker remarked that the MNA is creating hindrance in assembly proceedings so he should be taken out of the assembly.
Former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf intervened expressing his regret over the issue and apologized to the Speaker. “I must request that what just happened here was regrettable and I request the presiding chair to withdraw the ruling,” he added.
After being warned that disobeying the chair could lead to his suspension from the house, Rafiullah left the hall along with other opposition leaders and returned after a few minutes.
While the opposition was away, PTI leader Murad Saeed took advantage of the situation to move a resolution condemning the Pakistan Democratic Movement's (PDM) recent Quetta rally.
Condemning political sloganeering at Quaid’s Mausoleum and criticism of Urdu as national language, Murad said: “You are speaking to the tunes of Modi and Ajit Doval. “You must have heard Doval’s statement on how they intended to destabilize Pakistan. This is an international conspiracy. I hope people don’t become a pawn in their ignorance.”
“You can do whatever you want but you will not be given an NRO,” said Murad as he ripped off the agenda papers. The legislator was reprimanded by the deputy speaker for his the act.
Taking the floor upon return, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf regretted that the treasury benches had nothing new to say. “We are tired of hearing the same things again and again.”
Ashraf said the government terming PDM rallies illegal was ironic: “How do you justify your own existence?” he asked, referring to the 2014 PTI dharna. “Don’t teach us what the law is.”
Balochistan National Party chief Akhtar Mengal defending the PDM said there has been so much discussion on the Movement and that means the movement has become successful.
Talking about the PML-N leader's arrest in the wake of violating the sanctity of Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi Akhtar Mengal said, “Much has been said that sanctity of Mazar-e-Quaid was violated. We have said before that no such act should happen. My question is have Quaid-e-Azam dreamt of eating Papa John's pizzas,” he said.
“There is much talk on free Balochistan. Thanks God, the slogan was not raised by any Baloch otherwise he could have been hanged by now.”
Mengal said Article 6 actually protects the Constitution of Pakistan. He offered federal minister Murad Saeed that he should introduce a bill on Article 6 of the constitution that whosoever violates the Article 6 in judiciary, military or civilian, he should be publicly hanged. He promised Murad Saeed to cast his vote in favour of the Bill.
He certified no offensive statement was made against Urdu language.
PPP leader Qadir Patel criticising Prime Minister Imran Khan commented: “You could not run a government with merely a circus. He termed prime minister a “robber” and “actor”. After this the treasury benches raised slogans on Qadir Patel’s remarks against the prime minister.
“Look who is talking about Kashmir. Those who sold Kashmir are now claiming they are fighting for Kashmir. Who prayed for Indian Prime Minister Modi? You freed the Indian pilot Abhinandan. You are a friend of Modi,” he further said.
Qadir Patel warned the federal government that it must not even think about taking islands of Balochistan and Sindh.
Patel said, “There is no need to lose heart on Pakistan Democratic Movement rallies but the Prime Minister is terrified!”
PML-N senior leader Khawaja Muhammad Asif talked about Indian Pilot Abhinandan and Indian spy Kulbhushan Jhadav. He questioned what had been achieved by releasing captured Indian pilot Abhinandan.
Khawaja Asif said: “Imran prayed for the success of Narendra Modi. After Modi won the elections, the fall of Kashmir happened. What has happened to Kashmir, the history will not forgive them?”
He alleged that the incumbent government sold Kashmir and Imran Khan’s name will be written in dark pages of the history as Imran traded Kashmiris blood.