OIC meeting unveiled India’s true face: Qureshi

NA deputy speaker seeks explanation from water resources minister after opposition protest


Ahmed Mansoor March 05, 2019
Diplomacy can neutralise adversaries with smart, carefully-crafted policies. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday lauded parliament for its efforts to expose India during a recent meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

“The resolutions passed in the OIC meeting unveiled the true face of India,” he said while speaking in the National Assembly.

State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan presented the Election Amendments Bill 2018, which was approved by majority.

Meanwhile, the opposition in the assembly protested against a statement made by Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda.

The opposition members said the minister had created problems for parliament, while Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal lawmakers demanded a resolution against him.

Federal ministers Pervez Khattak and Noorul Haq Qadri failed to pacify the opposition and the proceedings remained suspended for over two hours, causing Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri to adjourn the session till Tuesday (today).

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl leader Maulana Abdul Shakoor said the minister had made a controversial statement which was also in contravention of the Constitution.

A Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA advised Vawda to think before speaking and said he should be called to the house to explain his remarks.

The foreign minister said the feelings shown by the members were justified but Vawda should be given a chance to clarify himself.

Deputy Speaker Suri directed Vawda to give an explanation in parliament.

The ministers tried to persuade opposition members not to present a resolution. However, the opposition remained unmoved even after efforts extending over two hours.

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