Four new MPAs take oath amid opposition protest
LAHORE: Four newly elected members of the Punjab Assembly took the oath here on Monday amid strong protest from the opposition benches.
The opposition members also kept chanting slogans against the Punjab government for its bad governance during the speech of Finance Minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, criticising the role of the speaker for bulldozing the rules of procedures.
The budget session for the year 2010-10 started with a delay of nearly half an hour, with Speaker Rana Mohammed Iqbal Khan in the chair. Soon after the proceedings started, Samina Khawar Hayat of the PML-Q, on a point of order, protested against the special treatment given to the relatives of the VVIPs.
Protesting against the parking of vehicles of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son and brother near the PA Hall, Samina Khawar Hayat asked the speaker to give the ruling over the issue. However, the speaker stated that it was decided in the Business Advisory Committee meeting that no point of order would be pointed out. He urged the opposition members not to halt the proceedings.
The four new MPAs included PPP’s Ahmed Mujtaba Gilani (PM’s brother), PML-N’s Mian Ajmal Asif, Badhshah Khan and Syed Basit Sultan Bokhari. During the oath-taking of the members, opposition member Moshin Leghari, on a point of order, asked the speaker to abide by the rule as, under the law, no other business could be done on the day reserved for budget. Mohsin’s voice was soon supported by other members of the opposition, led by Chaudhry Zaheer, who vociferously chanted slogans against the violation of rules.
Source: The News