BA session adjourned after PML-Q, JUI-F members clash
QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly session was adjourned on Saturday when heated arguments, exchange of objectionable words and verbal abuse started between Sheikh Jaffar Khan Mandokhel, a PML-Q member, and JUI-F’s Maulana Ghulam Sarwar over the remarks of Mandokhel against the senior provincial minister.
When the session started after a two-day break, the parliamentary leader of the PML-Q, Sheikh Jaffar Mandokhel, used “unparliamentary” words during the Question-Answer session against Senior Minister Maulana Abdul Wasay, who belongs to the JUI-F.
Sheikh Jaffar Mandokhel said that the senior provincial minister was allegedly interfering and creating hurdles in rehabilitation of the chromite mines in Muslim Bagh. He also used Ã¬unparliamentaryÃ® words, which were later expunged. Soon after, the JUI-F ministers condemned the words against Maulana Wasay. Maulana Ghulam Sarwar warned Mandokhel to avoid impolite words against the senior minister, who was not present in the house at that time.
Both the members belonging to the treasury benches used objectionable words against each other and later hurled verbal abuses. In view of the rowdy scenes in the house, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Aslam Bhootani adjourned the session till January 25.
Later, talking to media persons, the speaker said that he had held talks with the PML-Q and JUI-F legislators in his chamber and removed all misunderstandings between them.
Earlier, the Balochistan Assembly demanded of the government to withdraw the powers of Customs Act that had been granted in the past to the Frontier Corps (FC), Balochistan.
Provincial Minister Mir Asadullah Baloch, who belongs to the BNP-Awami, said that the transportation of general items and edible goods was one of the major sources of income of the people living in the border areas of Balochistan. However, he regretted, since the FC had been granted the powers of checking under the Customs Act, the problems of the people had increased manifold. Other members of the treasury benches also supported the move of the BNP-Awami’s minister.
The members of the treasury benches also expressed their deep concern over the dilapidated condition of the road network and power and gas loadshedding.
The Balochistan minister for revenue, on a point of order, regretted that the province was not being given due quota of Sui gas, whilich was being diverted to the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC).
Source: The News