Two Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s lawmakers were expelled, for one day, from the proceedings of the provincial assembly) in response to a strong reaction from treasury benches after ‘Nashai’ (drug addict) word was used for Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The Panel of Chairmen Nawabzada Waseem Khan Badozai passed a ruling over violating the assembly rules. He was passing a ruling for PML-N MPA Malik Arshad over calling the PM ‘Nashai’ and MPA Mirza Javed for allegedly using derogatory language against Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat. MPA Javed also allegedly attempted to attack the provincial law minister.
The pandemonium started when MPA Arshad was asking why comprehensive measures were not being taken to stop the menace of narcotics in society. The PML-N MPA remarked, “It seems the incumbent government does not want to take measures against drug peddling, perhaps because their leader is a Nashai.”
The treasury lawmakers stood and demanded to expel the lawmaker Malik Arshad from the House for using derogatory language. Meanwhile, fiery arguments were exchanged between the provincial law minister and MPA Javed.
Treasury lawmakers strongly condemned the conduct of PML-N’s lawmakers who used such language against the prime minister.
Basharat Raja commented, “What moral ground will be left in PML-N’s camp if PTI gets passed a resolution in Punjab Assembly barring lawmakers to call the names of those who had been proved thieves in the country’s top court?”
PML-N lawmaker Rana Mashood Khan, in response to the provincial law minister’s remarks, asked. “What about the American court that passed a decree against PM Khan?”
Once again, the provincial lawmakers seemed at loggerheads while defending their respective parties’ leadership.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2021.
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