Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb used the word “handpicked” after she was barred from using “selected” for Prime Minister Imran Khan in National Assembly on Monday.
On Sunday, NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri had directed MNAs to refrain from using the word “selected” for the prime minister.
When the PML-N leader referred to the premier as “selected” during her budget speech in the lower house today, Suri objected, asking her to avoid using the word, Express News reported.
“The members of the assembly have been elected through votes and the house will not tolerate any insult to them,” he added.
Responding to the deputy speaker’s objection, Aurangzeb used the word “handpicked” for PM Imran.
She added that the ‘incompetent’ premier has resorted to hurling threats at his political rivals after pushing the masses below the poverty line through his ‘anti-people budget’.
“The TV star prime minister addressed the nation twice in ten days … opposition was the target in one while traders were threatened in the other,” she remarked.
Earlier in the day, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) vowed to oppose the ban imposed by the National Assembly deputy speaker on the use of the word ‘selected’ for PM Imran Khan.
Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari questioned the legitimacy of the move and said the PPP would hold consultations with lawyers to ascertain all possible legal options.
In an informal talk with reporters on Monday morning, the former president said all parliamentarians should deliberate on the issue. “We must ascertain whether the government even has the authority to impose such a ban,” said Zardari.
Similarly, PPP Vice President Senator Sherry Rehman said the ban on the word ‘selected’ was a manifestation of the prime minister’s insecurities.