ISLAMABAD: After disruption from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) members in National Assembly on Wednesday, the session resumed on Tuesday after a delay of two hours.
A stormy NA session was in progress on Wednesday evening with lawmakers from treasury and opposition delivering fiery speeches on the Panama scandal, which has been haunting the Nawaz government for months now.
The opposition members began making noise as soon as the speaker allowed Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique to speak to the House, after the address of Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah.
The commotion reached its peaks as PTI members of the assembly gathered before the Speaker’s dais and tore copies of the agenda apart. They vehemently chanted slogans against the government, effectively making it impossible for proceedings to continue.
The speaker announced 15 minutes break, but after the session resumed they again gathered before him. Upon this, the opposition leader advised Speaker Ayaz Sadiq to adjourn the session, which the latter agreed with.
After the session, Federal Minister for Railway Khawaja Saad had said that Imran Khan’s ‘gang’ on purpose disrupted the session by surrounding Speaker’s dais.
“We tried to speak on our turn, but Imran Khan’s gang on purpose disrupted the session by surrounding Speaker’s dais”, Rafique said.
Rafique said that government is ready to discuss Panama Papers issue in the Parliament if demanded by the opposition.
“There is no contradiction in the statement given by the Prime Minister on the floor of the House and that given in the Supreme Court”, he said
PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said that the party will attend the Parliament’s session on Thursday and present its stance.