NA witnesses ruckus over Afzal Khokhar’s privilege motion
The National Assembly witnessed a ruckus in its Friday session triggered by a privilege motion tabled by PML-N MNA Afzal Khokhar regarding the Punjab government’s action at his Khokhar Palace in Lahore, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Afzal Khokhar, while talking about the operation to demolish the Khokhar Palace, told the National Assembly that the Lahore administration had stormed his residence late at night and destroyed furniture and other households.
He said this type of attitude of the Punjab authorities will not be tolerated. He also exchanged harsh words with the speaker.
On the other hand, harsh words were also exchanged between NA Speaker Asad Qaiser and PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal after the speaker did not allow the former interior minister to speak. The speaker reprimanded the PML-N leader over his tone.
The House was also briefed that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is taking effective measures for removal or blocking of offensive content pertaining to religion and the integrity and defence of the country.
Responding to a question during the Question Hour in the House, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said that PTA has so far blocked around one million Uniform Resource Locators containing objectionable content.
He said promoting pornography, blackmailing women and personal attacks cannot be tolerated. He said pornography and anti-Pakistan content should immediately be reported to the PTA for blocking of such material.
The Ministry of Climate Change, in a written reply, informed the House that there are approximately 10,000 brick kilns in Pakistan out of which 1,286 have so far been converted to Zigzag technology. It also informed the House that the State Bank of Pakistan has announced a subsidized loan at the rate of six percent with a ten-year payback period.
The House has now been adjourned to meet again on Monday at 5pm.