Bringing down the House: PML-N MNAs create ruckus in NA

Published: April 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Hours after Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif warned  Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to step down or face a protest movement, all hell broke loose in the National Assembly as the opposition benches raised slogans and disrupted the session.

MNAs from PML-N had arrived in the National Assembly wearing black armbands as a sign of protest against Gilani, who has repeatedly refused their calls to step down on account of his conviction by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a contempt case.

Members of PML-N went straight to sloganeering after the recitation of the Holy Quran, disrupting the question and answer session. The MNAs were seen holding up placards that said ‘Go Gilani Go’, ‘We want freedom’ and ‘Respect the judiciary’.

They also tore up booklets and threw them towards the front of the assembly.

So loud was the ruckus created by PML-N MNAs, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain failed to start the question and answer session due to the noise in the assembly.

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi was forced to adjourn the session till Wednesday.

The parliamentary committee of PML-N had earlier met under the chairmanship of Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar to devise a strategy for their protest against Gilani’s refusal to step down as prime minister.

During an earlier session, PML-N MNAs had threatened that they would not let Gilani sit on his chair in the assembly, but had walked out in protest instead.

The PML-N has repeatedly called for Gilani to step down as prime minister since the Supreme Court of Pakistan convicted him in a contempt of court case after he refused to write a letter to Swiss authorities, asking that cases against President Asif Ali Zardari be reopened.

The largest opposition party – PML-N – has already announced it would continue to force the ruling PPP to nominate a new prime minister.

Reader Comments (25)

  • Apr 30, 2012 - 7:41PM

    Why not we all should wait for detailed judgment order

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  • salman
    Apr 30, 2012 - 7:46PM

    Didn’t Ch.nisar say that he will stop Gilani from entering/sitting in parliment?
    Why did he back down?

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  • Salim Rizvi
    Apr 30, 2012 - 7:50PM

    It’s sad to see pakistan’s prime minister using racist hate and ethnic bigotry to incite hatred against the largest province. He should not behave as an ethnic leader but should act and speak as a national leader.He became pm to represent all of pakistan,not a particular ethnic region only.

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  • Arsalan Khan
    Apr 30, 2012 - 7:53PM

    PPP instead of countering with legal arguments has now stooped to using ethnic politics to gain sympathy. Whenever their corruption is caught,sadly ppp starts using ethnic cards to divide pakistani public and to create hatred amongst provinces.This racist politics of ppp is weakening the federation.

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  • Bilal
    Apr 30, 2012 - 7:57PM

    @Salim Rizvi:

    When rational arguments fail,it is always much easier to resort to inciting linguistic and racial hate in the public.The repeated use of the Sindh card by the ppp is disturbing. Whenever the ppp starts to lose popularity because of its bad performance,it starts using Sindh card to portray itself as the persecuted victim.This tactic of playing the role of the bichara,masoom siyasi shaheed is fooling no one,the voters have seen what corruption and mismanagement the govt. has done,these racist slogans and statements won’t fool the ppl.

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  • Khurram
    Apr 30, 2012 - 8:10PM

    @salman: Because it is a democratic government not some WWE or Akhara Championship. In democracy the opposition cannot throw someone out. He meant it metaphorically.
    But Before PTI commentators will comment here It is my request to all of the opposition parties to unite and I hope Mercenary of our coalition government that is PTI will side with Nawaz rather than criticizing them in the hour of need. Imran Khan’s neutral stance on that issue based on hatred of Nawaz Sharif is really hampering efforts to have a strong opposition.
    I hope Imran Khan will come out of Personal dislikeness dilemma and will support Nawaz rather than unleashing the Internet warriors upon not so educated Nawaz Paindu followers.

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  • salman
    Apr 30, 2012 - 8:25PM

    @Khurram
    so after 4 years of “friendly opposition”, its now PTI’s fault that PMLN is being hampered from being a “strong opposition” :)

    And Metaphorically or literally, Ch.nisar failed…

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  • Khurram
    Apr 30, 2012 - 8:41PM

    @salman: Can you give me a single example in democratic history of the world that in keeping norms of democracy some opposition was able to throw the government out? . The role of the opposition in democracy is to raise voice on issues while they remain part of the government but on opposition benches. How come PMLN failed in opposition when Ch Nisar was the member of the Public accounts committee and he uncovered billions of rupees of frauds. Opposition always raised voice against forced abductions in Balochistan. Nawaz Sharif was the first one to visit their camp in Islamabad. So that is what opposition can do and that is what they did. Nawaz was the first one to criticize the role of army in politics. What else you want from Opposition. May be their roll will be subtle or not up to the par but i don’t see much discrepencies in their role of opposition.

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  • Apr 30, 2012 - 9:41PM

    Dear Mr. Gilani. Spare Pakistan from further global ridicule. You have helped make parliament strong but parliament is NOT supreme. It is only one of the three pillars of democracy. You have helped bring the most needed balance between the establishment and the civil government. Now obey the SC judgment and leave honorably.

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  • Apr 30, 2012 - 9:51PM

    We are first sindhi, Punjabi, Baluchi, Pathan than muslim and than Pakistani. this how it is all over world.

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  • Apr 30, 2012 - 9:55PM

    @Khurram:
    ohhh. So is that all the party in “Opposition in Assemblies” and “Rulers in 60% Pakistan i.e. Punjab” is supposed to do; make noise?
    Then isn’t Imran Khan (not even in Assembly) a far better opposition for taking up every issue; from Govt corruption to Bogus voter lists, from Asghar Khan petition to Balochistan, from drone attacks to FATA operations?
    PML-N wants Gilani out and the current regime to go packing? Simple solution: Resign from assemblies & only then come to the people to jointly campaign with opposition parties against Govt. You will see better & instant results.
    If not, then all this is part of the PPP-PMLN understanding i.e. Noora-Kushti.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Apr 30, 2012 - 10:20PM

    @Khurram , Some time noora kusti also pays . Terrorist free zone has to be created in this region of the world .

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  • John
    Apr 30, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Read between the lines….PMLN just wants a replacement to be announced by PPP, and the people of Pakistan will keep on enjoying the fruits of democracy. Wait till you get the good news of no decrease in fuel prices and around 10RS increase in CNG priceRecommend

  • Mirza
    Apr 30, 2012 - 10:25PM

    The world of today is very different from only a few years ago. The current govt would complete its term and there would be a new coalition govt of the same parties (perhaps with the inclusion of PTI) after the next elections. With the new and more accurate voter lists the chances of Mush’s allied parties (PML) would lose some seats and PTI gain some. The people who want to use undemocratic means and cannot wait one more year know that they have no chance via elections, hence the backdoor. Since when giving rights to poor people of south Punjab is racism? How can it break Pakistan if they become well to do like people in upper Punjab? The coalition govt wants to give more rights not less to people of Punajb by letting them run their own provincial govt not from the Takat Lahore.

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  • Khurram
    Apr 30, 2012 - 10:56PM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA: Personal Dislike of PMLN without any logic and bashing of Nawaz is not benefitting PTI at all. PTI is in utter silence against PPP, ANP and MQM. You can see only Nawaz. Believe me in coming days PTI popularity is going to plunge and despite your ramblings PMLN will stand out. For your info Imran Khan even criticized Swat Operation and said that time that Nawaz dont understand anything. Now Swat is a peaceful place and if we would have acted on the advice of conciliation of Imran then we would have Taliban in Swat.
    I have a question to all PTI followers that why Imran Khan always wants talks and reconciliation with Taliban but he always want non reconciliation with PMLN and Nawaz.?. Are Taliban are more beneficial than a democratic party like PMLN`?

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  • Mohammad naeem
    Apr 30, 2012 - 11:07PM

    Why cant NS wait for the detailed decision of the court? IK is proving to be more logical than him in this case. Is that what (anarchy and illogical protests ) Ns wants to give this country as a replacement!

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  • Khurram
    Apr 30, 2012 - 11:18PM

    PPP and its coalition partners dont need to defend themselves at all. Thanks to PTI followers now they are fulfilling the needs of PPP and its allies and when we have PTI internet warriors and trolls then PPP dont need any more media force. PTI agenda is simple to go against Nawaz in any manner and PPP successfully have been able to accomplish to Divide the opposition.
    Thanks to Imran Khan now we have a divided opposition and a Strong PPP and its coalition government. Only Imran will be praised and Nawaz will be a shooting duck for everyone. I request PTI to open their eyes and dont divide the opposition. Dont go for personal dislike of Nawaz. If you dont like him ethnically then it is fine but it is the case of Pakistan right now.

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  • Logic Europe
    Apr 30, 2012 - 11:27PM

    well done PML n .time to make your move otherwise IMRAN will finish you
    creat chaos .call Army but keep imran away

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  • Dr.Tahir
    May 1, 2012 - 12:49AM

    @Tahreek-e-Insaaf FATA
    If PML(N) will resign from the NA,the shameless PPP people will rape the constitution by making any ammendments whatever they like. Soon after resignation the criminal PPP and their allies will comfortably have >2/3 majority which need for any ammendment. They will get rid of independent judiciary very easily and constitutionaly!! And also they will make NRO constitutional. So existence of PMLn in NA is very crucial. Please dont expect any morality from the shameless PPP. They can go to any extent. And all their actions will have constitutional protection.
    Imran Khan may be a true patriot but his current behavior is totally like an immature child. Because of his immaturity,he is indirectly supporting convicted “Crime Minister”.
    THINK ABOUT IT.

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  • Faisal
    May 1, 2012 - 12:53AM

    Lion-O just can’t wait for a detailed judgment !!! Thunder Cats – Ho !!!

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  • Imran
    May 1, 2012 - 1:53AM

    PML-N can go as far as selling the country to a dictator just to prevent Imran from gaining power. God save Pakistan from the clutches of these losers, who didn’t see the tide coming.

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  • smj
    May 1, 2012 - 1:55AM

    Nawaz Shareef should visit Lyari, meet Chauhdry Aslam to share a ciggy and fight with the real gangstas!!!. It’s no fun in parliment to fight for chair.

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  • Blithe
    May 1, 2012 - 3:04AM

    PTI is so arrogant avd thick skinned .
    Even at this time he sieves 90 percent
    time criticizing N league.

    My only conclusion is that IK is in cahoots
    with Zaradri and MQM.

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  • Hasan Awan
    May 1, 2012 - 4:51AM

    @smj:
    Another PTI jiala. Zardari’s government is in Sindh. Go and ask Zardari and Gailani that if they have guts then go there.Nawaz Bashing is not enough for you.

    @Imran: I am sick of PTI fellows that how vehemently they are targetting Nawaz Sharif. PTI fellows are essentially the front runner of PPP right now as they are more whining about Nawaz than PPP. PTI should stop this drama for good. Other than Nawaz there are other parties too.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    May 1, 2012 - 4:47PM

    This NA will continue till the peaceful withdrawl of international force is not achieved from Afghanistan . The Islamic Terrorists are now willing to come in to enter in the national assembly through political gate to cheack the Drone attack .

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