ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly descended into chaos on Thursday after the government and opposition members scuffled over Karachi’s power outages, K-Electric’s incompetence and the controversial Uzair Baloch Joint Investigative (JIT) report.
Protests erupted after a war of words ensued between female Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawmakers and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) members during Asad Umar’s speech.
Female lawmakers from the PPP surrounded the speaker’s dais after Ayub and PTI lawmaker Aslam Khan allegedly used inappropriate words directed at them during the session.
The argument started when a call for attention notice was presented in the assembly by PPP over the unannounced load shedding in Karachi by KE. Protests started after a war of word ensued between Ayub and Khan against the female lawmakers of the House.
The tensions showed no signs of stopping even after Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri urged the PTI lawmaker to not speak to female lawmakers this way.
“Women, whether they are from the government or opposition, are to be respected,” said Suri.
Upon the deputy speaker’s request, PTI lawmaker Khan apologised to the lawmakers and stated that he did not target anyone neither did he take anyone’s name.
Federal Minister for Postal Services Murad Saeed read out Uzair Baloch’s confessional statement which resulted in the opposition walking out of the House and a pair of headphones being thrown at him by PPP’s Shazia Soomro. Saeed had said that extortion money collected by Baloch went to former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur.
Reading out Baloch’s confessional statement, Saeed said the gangster had confessed to taking over a notorious gang after Rahman Dacoit was gunned down by police.
“Uzair Baloch confessed to police encounters, kidnapping with ransom and attacks on police stations,” he said. “Baloch also confessed to him, Faryal Talpur and Asif Zardari receiving extortion money.”
He added, Baloch also confessed to taking over 14 sugar mills, harassing people living around Bilawal House in Karachi enough to ensure 40 houses around it were vacated.