ISLAMABAD: Opposition members in the National Assembly on Friday protested against convening a meeting on short notice after a gap of two months.
PML-N MPA Ahsan Iqbal and PPP lawmaker Syed Naveed Qamar, while speaking on the point of order, said that the National Assembly session was convened on less than 12 hours notice.
Ahsan Iqbal observed that the National Assembly has become a theater and there is no sanctity to its action. “Members are called on short notice, such as whistling, and the meeting is scheduled abruptly and indefinitely,” he said.
Ahsan said that the government was making fun of the House. He pointed out that meetings of union councils are also convened on 72-hour notice. “This is a high constitutional body whose operations should set a standard for other institutions. The government wants to run the house without following the rules,” he said.
Syed Naveed Qamar said that he inspected the National Assembly Secretariat at 9 am on Thursday but till then, no meeting was called. “It happened after 10pm when he found out about the notification to call a meeting.” Noting that the parliamentarians have to arrive from different parts of the country, Naveed said he was also present in his hometown on Thursday night.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan asked the opposition members to refrain from scoring. He said that the delay in holding the National Assembly was due to the attitude of the opposition. “If you had not boycotted the operation, we would have convened a meeting two months ago,” he said.
Due to the death of MNA Noor Mohammad Shah Jilani, the first day’s proceedings were adjourned without any business proceedings, according to tradition. Fateha was offered in the House for the souls of Noor Shah Jilani, Senator Kulsoom Parveen, former Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali, former Deputy Speaker Muhammad Nawaz Khokar, mothers of opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif, Senator Sirajul Haq and former President Pervez Musharraf. Soldiers of security forces and soldiers of security forces were martyred in the incidents.