KARACHI: Mutthida Qaumi Movement MPA Raza Haroon, the minister for information technology, objected to Sindh Assembly Acting Speaker Shehla Raza apologising to the assembly secretariat staff for the problems they had to face during the MQM’s protests in the assembly last Friday.
Raza said in the assembly that she was responsible for the assembly’s workings as its custodian and apologised to the staff, particularly those who work on the control box.
The operators of the control box – a basic console for switching the microphones of MPAs on – were reportedly harassed by MQM legislators on Friday as they asked them to switch their microphones on.
Haroon questioned why the staff had even complained, “because as MPAs it is our right to ask for our microphones to be switched on”.
He also questioned why Raza had cited the behaviour of the MQM MPAs as a reason for adjourning last Friday’s session, saying she should not have named a political party.
The MQM MPAs supported Haroon by chanting ‘shame, shame’, while Raza said that she was apologising because it was the right thing to do and there can be no debate on a speaker’s ruling.
She also said that there have been several rulings in the assembly’s history that have named political parties.