National Assembly: PML-N, MQM stopped short of a physical feud

Published: October 13, 2011
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N-League’s lawmaker Abid Sher Ali (right) tried to jump over his desk to hit Sajid Ahmad (left). Dr Rehman Malik rushed to the opposition benches to ensure that the parliamentarians do not hit each other.

N-League’s lawmaker Abid Sher Ali (right) tried to jump over his desk to hit Sajid Ahmad (left). Dr Rehman Malik rushed to the opposition benches to ensure that the parliamentarians do not hit each other.

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly may have witnessed its first physical fight on Thursday had some lawmakers not intervened in a feud between members of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz  (PML-N) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement ( MQM). 

The sordid episode began when Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of the PML-N criticised MQM chief Altaf Hussain for a statement in which he accused the PML-N of trying to bring a no-trust motion against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

Nisar then ridiculed Altaf and his party for constantly quitting and rejoining the government. He also called MQM a fascist party that maintains a militant wing to further its politics by spreading terror.

But what really enraged MQM’s Sajid Ahmad were Nisar’s indirect comments on Altaf Hussain’s personal life.

(Read: Pointing fingers – Altaf criticises Sharif for Sindh visit)

Then, enraged by the MQM’s remarks against the PML-N during Nisar’s speech, N-League’s lawmaker Abid Sher Ali tried to jump over his desk to hit Ahmad. Fortunately, Sher Ali was stopped just in time. However, verbal exchanges between the two continued with frequent use of abusive language.

MQM lawmakers, including Wasim Ahmed, and some women members tried to defuse the situation by asking their party member to stop shouting at Sher Ali.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Religious Affairs Minister Syed Khursheed Shah also rushed to the opposition benches to ensure that the parliamentarians do not hit each other.

At one point, Sher Ali picked up a bundle of parliamentary committee reports to throw it at the MQM legislator, but, once again, was stopped by another party member.

Hanif Abbasi and Shakeel Awan, PML-N parliamentarians from Rawalpindi, also joined the verbal attack, but were able to better control their tempers.

All members from the MQM stood up and started thumping their desks and shouting to interrupt Nisar’s speech.

Earlier, the opposition leader’s speech had started with a threat to the government to block a bill seeking the establishment of Defence Housing Authority, a military-dominated real estate venture.

Nisar said the passage of this bill would mean parliamentary endorsement to a real estate tycoon allegedly involved in land grabbing. Although Khan did not mention any names, his apparent reference was to Malik Riaz of Bahria Town, who is an emerging political rival to him in Rawalpindi.

Nisar then called for holding a parliamentary debate on the accusations former Sindh home minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza levelled against the MQM and its chief at a news conference in August this year.

Responding to Nisar’s speech, MQM’s Asif Hasnain said the PML-N was in political isolation and its statements against the government and its allies were a result of the party’s frustration.

Hasnain called Nisar a conspirator and said his party would not mind if Mirza’s allegations were investigated, but did not say whether the MQM was also in favour of a parliamentary debate on the matter.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (37)

  • maz3tt
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:15PM

    Using the energy productively during the season rather then bringing no confidence or fighting with each other would do the world of good.

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  • Maulana Diesel
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:16PM

    That would have been a good fight.

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 4:17PM

    Apart from peace, Dr. Rehman Malik should work for removing Dengue mosquitoes from roots of Punjab, these mosquitoes made safe haven in Raiwand palaceRecommend

  • Samar
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:34PM

    I suppose he has to live up to the expectation after being awarded a PHD for peace.

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  • Naz Ebr
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:47PM

    Now he could be promoted to Wazir-i-Salamati-e-Parliment.emphasized text

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  • Ghaznavi
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:05PM

    Reminds me of Rome when Gladiators use to kill each other to please their masters… Recommend

  • Realist.
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:09PM

    LOL I love the Caption ‘Peacemaker Rehman Malik’ :D

    & yeah Correction Plz. Its Doctor Rehman Malik Now :P

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  • True Pakistani
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:15PM

    that university should be banned now….really this is not the justifications with the Honor of a PHD :(

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  • Serenity
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Doctor Rehman Malik – what more can we ask him to do for us? What a legend..Recommend

  • Anwar
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:11PM

    Dirty politics .Not very long ago PML(N) was desprately trying to hold talks with MQM. Recommend

  • LOK
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:33PM

    PML-N is the biggest disaster in Pakistani politics, good for nothing, impotent leader with no vision whatsoever and no less corrupt. Ch Nisar has opened his foul mouth too many times against MQM,.Recommend

  • sparklets
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:43PM

    Looks like Tribune speaking for Malik’s

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  • Talha
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:44PM

    Now I know where Fight Club was shot. Just remember the first rule guys.

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  • Zardari is Shia
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:54PM

    A healthy development, prevalent among Democrative societies

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  • Pundit
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:13PM

    I bow to the wisdom of awarding Dr Rehman a Phd for peacemaking….How Proactive!Recommend

  • ishtiaer hussain
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:59PM

    Dr. Rehman Malik is a great negotiator, campaigner and peacemaker. Rather than criticizing all the time like obsessed persons, we should try to give the credit where it is due.

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  • ishtiaer hussain
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:02PM

    In PPP’s current government, he is the most efficient, productive and result-oriented minister who has brought insight and experience from his career in FIA to the interior ministry. God Bless You, Rehman Malik Sahib.

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  • NJ
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:35PM

    RM–> Always on Go (Y)

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  • Sajid
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:38PM

    Well then he should get a Nobel Peace Prize for that one

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  • grinz09
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:26PM

    @Yasser Khan:
    Good one!!

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  • ASSAD KAMAL SIDDIQUI
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:27PM

    oh yes, his behaviour must reflect the effects of the conferred honour

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 9:33PM

    Still doesn’t negate his poor performance on security. In an accountable democratic society he would have resigned or been sacked and replaced a long time ago.

    But still…credit where credit’s due. Now lets see how well he fares in a Taliban Jirga tussle.

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  • Rehman Baba
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:36PM

    thats Dr. Rehman Malik,

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 10:27PM

    Well Done Doc. You deserve the PHD degree.

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  • Sad but true
    Oct 14, 2011 - 12:05AM

    Pakistan’s jest.

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  • Babloo
    Oct 14, 2011 - 12:39AM

    I am proposing Dr Rehman Malik, for Noble Peace Prize.
    From Swat to Baluchistan, from Karachi to Waziristan, from LeT to JeM – the miracle of Mr Malik’s leadership and peace-making abilities have held the world in awe.

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  • Mirza
    Oct 14, 2011 - 12:57AM

    If PML-N is behaving like this while not in power or presence in any province except Punjab, how would they behave if (God forbid) they come into power? Remember their attacking the SC and its CJ while in session?

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  • Adil
    Oct 14, 2011 - 5:05AM

    I have a feeling that this entire tussle was pre-planned just to distract people’s attention. If you look at what PML-N and MQM have been doing for the past 3 years, then it’s hard to tell who’s in the government and who’s in the opposition…..both seem to care about their votebanks, and abusing PPP on monthly basis. JI locked horns with all the three parties (PPP,PML-N and MQM). One can never be certain with what’s going to happen with PML-Q and JUI-F….I wonder what will happen in 2013 if this government really completes its tenure. Then the equation will get really crazy.Just gotta wait.

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  • Mir
    Oct 14, 2011 - 5:51AM

    welcome to democracy, better fight in parliament not on streets.

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  • Pragmatist
    Oct 14, 2011 - 6:55AM

    The good doctor should roll up his Ph.D degree and give the two politicians a spanking with it.

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  • MI
    Oct 14, 2011 - 8:30AM

    This marshall art was devised at Riwind Palace.

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  • Accountability
    Oct 14, 2011 - 10:19AM

    We need new parties with dignified parliamentarians that worry about Pakistan’s problems such as the economy and not their own petty differences.
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  • Sao Lao
    Oct 14, 2011 - 10:21AM

    Dr Rehman Malik PhD. always on time

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  • Sattar
    Oct 14, 2011 - 11:19AM

    We can only pray and hope that Dr. Rehman Malik will be the next PM of pakistan, he is the only man who can save this country… A true HERO

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  • gr0w up!
    Oct 14, 2011 - 11:41AM

    Superman Doc Rehman Malik to the rescueeeeeeeeeee Recommend

  • Fasih Khan
    Oct 14, 2011 - 11:43AM

    Speechless …

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Oct 14, 2011 - 12:13PM

    it is a shame that two big parties of Pakistan are at each others throats instead of fighting together against the biggest threat to pakistan i-e Taliban and religious bigotry Recommend

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