Fawad barred from attending Parliament session by Senate chairman

Published: November 15, 2018
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. PHOTO: ONLINE

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. PHOTO: ONLINE

Finding Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry guilty of inciting uproar in the Parliament’s ongoing session, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani barred the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader from entering the Thursday’s session.

According to Express News, as the session began the opposition bench protested against Fawad’s remarks.

Senior leader Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Raja Zafarul Haq lamented to Sanjrani that the chairman’s instructions were regularly ignored. “The conversation does not end despite staff turning the mic off.”

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Pakistan Peoples Party’s Sherry Rehman chided Leader of the House Shibli Faraz for apologising on behalf of Fawad. “We have seen similar scenes during dictatorships. The disrespect to Parliament is unacceptable.”

Taking exception to the criticism, Faraz warned opposition from making personal attacks on Fawad. He demanded a review of information minister and PPP Senator Mushahiddullah’s speeches to ascertain whether disrespectful comments were made. “As parliamentary leader, I can tender an apology,” he asserted.

In response to Faraz’s query, PPP Senator Maula Bux Chandio pointed out that disregarding agenda of the Parliament by speaking out of turn is against the decorum.

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Blaming leader of the house for providing cover to Fawad, the opposition then staged a walkout with National Party’s Mir Hasil Bizenjo stressing that the session will not begin until the PTI leader apologised.

To placate the situation, the Senate chairman adjourned the session for a short while to deliberate over Fawad’s conduct in the upper house of the Parliament. After recommencement of the session, Sanjrani held the information minister responsible for disrupting the house and ruled Fawad will be barred from attending the session until he tenders an apology.

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