PML-N announces boycott of Punjab Assembly

Session postponed till Oct 22

News Desk October 19, 2018
Hamza Shehbaz. SCREENGRAB

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) decided on Friday to boycott sessions of the Punjab Assembly until its suspended members are reinstated, Express News reported.

Speaker Chaudhry Pervez Elahi had suspended the entry of six PML-N lawmakers following a brawl between the opposition and government benches during the budget session on October 16.

The members, Mohammad Ashraf Rasool, Mohammad Waheed, Yasin Amir, Mirza Javed, Zaibunnisa and Tariq Maseeh, were also sent show-cause notices.

The lawmakers, led by opposition leader Hamza Shehbaz, staged a protest outside the assembly and criticised the provincial assembly speaker.

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Shehbaz claimed that the picture shown by the government showing the assembly hall in disarray was fake and warned of further demonstrations if his party MPAs privilege to enter the assembly was blocked. “I will only go inside if the six lawmakers are allowed inside.”

Criticising the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, he said the ruling party did not have principles. The prime minister is being fined by the supreme court while the opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif has been arrested without evidence.

The Punjab Assembly session was postponed till October 22.


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