Ruckus in G-B Assembly: Lone lawmaker rips apart resolution supporting PM

Published: May 17, 2012

Speaker calls in police after Nawaz Naji tore a copy of resolution. PHOTO: PID/FILE

GILGIT: 

A resolution tabled by the treasury benches in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly to support the recently convicted prime minister triggered off unprecedented scenes in the house, with the speaker calling in the police to arrest an independent lawmaker.

“Take this man out of this house,” said Speaker Wazir Baig, after Nawaz Khan Naji, tore apart a copy of a resolution tabled by Law Minister Wazir Shakeel to show solidarity with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

The resolution stated that the premier had upheld the supremacy of law by appearing in the apex court thrice and that he could only be removed from his office through a no-confidence motion in parliament.

After the law minister read out the resolution, which was in English, the speaker tried to get it unanimously passed by the house, saying, “I think we should move to the next issue instead of wasting time by translating it into Urdu.”

However, Naji, who got elected from Ghizer district in last year’s by-elections, rose to his feet and lashed out at the law minister. “This is nonsense. You are all thieves and are protecting each other through such tactics,” he said, before tearing the resolution into pieces. “I condemn it and you should be ashamed of it,” he added.

Shocked by the unexpected reaction, the chief minister and his cabinet members were rendered speechless. However, a lawmaker from Baltistan, Engineer Ismail, retaliated and also tried to hit Naji with a file cover. “You are a thief, you are a dishonest person,” was his comeback.

Ismail was immediately joined by senior law minister Mohammad Jaffer and Chief Minister Mehdi Shah in lashing out at Naji.

Unable to control the ruckus, the speaker immediately called in the police and ordered them to escort Naji out. However, the deputy speaker intervened and managed to convince the speaker against getting the police involved.

Not willing to back down, Naji resumed his rant once again.

Speaker Baig called in the police again and had Naji removed.

While the deputy speaker tried once again to calm down the situation Baig said: “I have passed the judgment and this man should be removed from here immediately.” He added that he didn’t allow unparliamentary language in the sacred house.

Opposition lawmakers including Janbaz Khan of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Raja Azam finally succeeded in controlling Naji.

The speaker asked Opposition Leader Janbaz Khan if the resolution should be passed with majority votes.

“The verdict against the prime minster was announced by all the honourable judges of the bench but if you still want to have it passed by majority votes, it is up to you …you can do it,” he replied.

The speaker adjourned the proceedings till the next day.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 17th, 2012.

Reader Comments (14)

  • Baby ka Husband
    May 17, 2012 - 10:07AM

    He didn’t allow Unparliamentary language in the sacred house, said the speaker. Passing a resolution to support a convict I suppose is Parliamentary?? Also calling in he Police. Last time King Charles I did that in mid 1600s and lost his head.

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  • Zohra
    May 17, 2012 - 10:24AM

    goes on the prove that politicians are dumb head selfish maniacs, regardless of their color, caste, race or creed…

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  • Mirza
    May 17, 2012 - 10:28AM

    Yet these bullies claim to be democrats! Hate to think what would they do if they had the majority in the house? Attacked the SC or NA or Senate? This unmaskes the face of these rightwing politicians.

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  • O B Server
    May 17, 2012 - 10:59AM

    The court has delivered its verdict. Stop undermining it. The PM. can appeal. G-B assembly should concentrate on matters affecting the general public! Move forward.

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  • Sherghazi
    May 17, 2012 - 11:03AM

    We all should salute for Naji for representing real voice of the people. remaining all members of so-called assembly are really thieves. Dozens of innocent people killed in recent clashes b/w two sects and no one passed a resolution in the assembly neither condemn the terror act which were took place in Kohistan and Chillas and no any arrest had been made by police so-far. This assembly should called off the special session against the target killing in the region.

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  • Disco
    May 17, 2012 - 11:05AM

    Naji, well done, we need more politicians like you.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 17, 2012 - 11:43AM

    It more looks like an assembly of thieves valiantly trying to protect their “Boss”.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 17, 2012 - 11:58AM

    @Mirza:

    “Yet these bullies claim to be democrats! Hate to think what would they do if they had the majority in the house? Attacked the SC or NA or Senate? This unmaskes the face of these rightwing politicians.”

    I thought you would be complaining instead about the democratic royalty’s corruption and plunder. Or may be not. Perhaps you are also one of them.

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  • Sajid
    May 17, 2012 - 11:59AM

    The “non-parliamentary” language was used by PPP lawmakers as well, why were they not pushed out of the assembly? And what was speaker thinking when he said “I think we should move to the next issue instead of wasting time by translating it into Urdu.”? More than half the members of this “highly literate” GB are illiterate people who don’t understand English, including one former conductor on a public transportation van! Why was this resolution written in English to begin with? absolutely embarrassing.

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  • Pakistani
    May 17, 2012 - 12:04PM

    Well Done Mr. Nawaz Khan Naji, :)

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  • gojali
    May 17, 2012 - 12:15PM

    bravo naji! well d0ne,we r with u:-)

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  • Sohail
    May 17, 2012 - 12:51PM

    Awesome… At least we have one person who is voice of people here is GB assembly..

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  • Truth
    May 19, 2012 - 8:30AM

    Keep it up Naji…

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  • Abdul Qayyum Bhatti
    May 20, 2012 - 4:38PM

    Speaker of G-B assembly Wazir Baig should have respected the voice of opposition. Should Fahmida Mirza also follow Mr. Baig to get arrested Ch. Nisar, leader of opposition leader? We have become intolerable from top to the bottom. The attitude should be changed. we must respect others’ opinion.

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