ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday lashed out at National Assembly Asad Qaiser for not issuing production orders of party lawmaker Rana Sanaullah and staged a walkout from the House.
Addressing the lower house, the former prime minister said he would not “beg” for his production orders as it was his duty to issue production orders of each and every member without discrimination at the start of each session.
“Denying production orders means the negation of people’s rights,” said Abbasi, urging the speaker to read a judgement in Qasim Suri case, which states people of a constituency “could not be denied their right of representation in the assembly”.
“My production order carries the date of December 4 but I have been brought here today. Do you have the courage to take notice of the non-implementation of your orders?”
He said the NA speaker himself said that only he had the power to issue production orders of detained lawmakers. “I will place your reply in the NA library for the record which you had sent through a section officer telling me that only you have the powers to issue production orders,” he said while addressing the speaker.
“I have seen speakers like Fakhar Imam, Mairaj Khalid and Yousuf Raza Gillani who made no compromises on principles and their powers. If you have pressure from somewhere please say it,” said Abbasi, adding that at least five members of the NA were incarcerated without conviction.
“Issue the production order of Rana Sanaullah and I am going,” Abbasi said and proceeded to walk out.
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar defended the speaker and praised him for running the house strictly in accordance with the rules. “If you need any support from the government, we will provide you,” he told Qaiser, accusing the opposition of having “double standards”.
PML-N’s Khawaja Saad Rafique while addressing the house said he had been attending the sessions for the past one year on the basis of production orders.
“I know there are people in the ruling party like Pervez Khattak and Amir Dogar and even you who have always supported our demand for production orders,” he told the speaker.
“We also know those who always oppose the issuance of production orders. We know from where hurdles are created. I don’t want to name the person as it will create more tensions.”