Opposition uproar in NA as Reham Khan's 'helicopter use' becomes topic of discussion

Published: June 18, 2015



ISLAMABAD: Opposition staged a walk out from the National Assembly session on Thursday as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA took a jab at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan’s wife, Reham Khan.

“Reham Khan uses helicopters like an auto rickshaw,” PML-N MNA Talal Chaudhry said on the floor of the assembly, instantly causing an uproar in Parliament.

As PTI started walking out, Pakhtunkhawa Mili Awami Party chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai urged members to not take up issues of family on the floor of the House.

Further irking PTI leaders, Chaudhry asked NA speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to leave the chair if he thought he is ‘party in the NA-122 issue.’ On this, Sadiq left the chair with Deputy Speaker Murtaza Abbasi presiding over the session.

Read: NA-122 hearing: ‘Ballot counts by ROs, commission vary’

Regarding reports that the Pakistan Peoples Party wants to bring party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Parliament in place of Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah, Chaudhry said, “PML-N will welcome PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto in Parliament.”

“But we will feel sorry for Khursheed Shah,” he added.

While the Jamaat-e-Islami, PTI and PPP staged a walkout over the PML-N MNAs remarks, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) also staged a walk-out to protest Defence Minister Khawaja Asif’s statements.

Read: Taking offence: Altaf says he wants to step down as MQM chief

Earlier, the defence minister had said that Muhajirs were only those who had migrated from places such as Jalandhar and Ludhiyana, while the rest were ‘fake Muhajirs’.

PML-N MNA warns of bloody revolution

PML-N MNA Dr Iftikhar Cheema warned the government of a ‘bloody revolution’  if farmers were being neglected in the fiscal budget for this year.

“We are heading towards a bloody revolution by ignoring farmers — the corner stone of our economy,” the PML-N lawmaker upheld.

Further, Cheema urged the government to sign an agreement for exporting rice with Iran.

Meanwhile, PML-N MNA Shakir Bashir Awan lauded senators for their fruitful recommendations particularly for improving the agricultural system.

“I request the government to waive off loans of farmers facing environmental crisis in Punjab,” he added.

While most PML-N MNAs were all praise for the budget, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA Imran Khattak criticised the government as most of the targets set in last fiscal year could not be achieved.

“The mass transit system has failed,” Khattak observed, without giving any suggestions to the government for improvement.

Rising political temperatures

In an apparent hit at the ruling PML-N, Pakistan People’s Party MNA Nafisa Shah said “lions [of PML-N] were in caves of the west.”

“The lions were once again all set for caves and container revolution seemed inevitable, it was the PPP that stood by the government just for the sake of democracy,” Shah asserted.

‘Budget irrelevant for non-Muslims’

Further, an MNA on a minority seat said the budget for this fiscal year is irrelevant for non-Muslims.

“Even Zero package was not introduced for non-Muslims in Pakistan,” MQM MNA Sanjay Perwani said.

“We have been omitted from this budget,” he added.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Ozair
    Jun 18, 2015 - 1:25PM

    I guess dwindling economy, crumbling infrastructure and plague of terrorism can take a back seat. Lets discuss Reham Khan first in NA because that is more important than all other issues.Recommend

  • Zain
    Jun 18, 2015 - 1:31PM

    Why to scrutinise someones personal life. Recommend

  • London Banker
    Jun 18, 2015 - 1:36PM

    As a staunch PTI supporter: One, the MNA has the right to raise the issue and PTI should clarify that the helicopter was not used out of taxpayer money (hoping that’s the case). Secondly, the way the MNA raised the issue shows that the PMLN doesnt care for wastage or misuse of public resource – he only took out his venom against PTI via a personal jab. Recommend

  • Asad
    Jun 18, 2015 - 1:42PM

    Such an important discussion taking place in our National Assembly. Very productive. Treating the assembly as if its another talk show.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 18, 2015 - 1:46PM

    reham & ik used private helicopter for their visit to gillit balistan recently. i think it was the only time she got in to a helicopter Recommend

  • Josh
    Jun 18, 2015 - 1:49PM

    What is this parliaments worth and use to ordinary Pakistanis – other than a debating society (even that a useless one!) and routine walk outs over overy petty issues. All major decisions are taken elsewhere from defence to finance, interior to foreign and all we have is hundreds sitting in a so-called parliament eating off State’s resources!Recommend

  • Saad
    Jun 18, 2015 - 1:53PM

    Seriously? That’s how you are solving our problems? By staging walkouts. Quit politics and start acting.Recommend

  • bash gul
    Jun 18, 2015 - 1:56PM

    At least she is not using the tax payers money. While PML (N) leaders like hamza shareef use the tax payers money to use the helicopter.Recommend

  • turbo
    Jun 18, 2015 - 2:02PM

    well if she is using a government helicopter like a rickshaw then that’s wrong!Recommend

  • pakistani
    Jun 18, 2015 - 2:27PM

    he is right about the helicopter. in what capacity does she uses it? or for that matter imran khan? he is not the CM of KPK. if he love helicopter ride so much, he can ask Tareen for it.
    The same apply to PM family as well. Recommend

  • Munna Bhai Karachi
    Jun 18, 2015 - 2:30PM

    Dear Khwaja Asif , you woke up one fine morning and came to know your land has become
    Pakistan .Guess who fought all the legal and manual battles and left the places they called “home”.
    We donot expect gratitude from people like you .
    This is the mindset that is causing anarchy in Balochistan .Recommend

  • Saud
    Jun 18, 2015 - 3:01PM

    what is the point of elections and hence rigging when the only matters of importance to be discussed are of non political entities, Be it Reham Khan or Ayan… Recommend

  • Asif PTI
    Jun 18, 2015 - 3:14PM

    Tired of defending this woman blunders all the time on social media & everywhere else. But at the same time discussing opponest leader Mrs in NA for political point scoring is disgusting. As a sincere PTI follower have to admit that entrance of Reham(double face actress) chapter in IK life has damaged our leader reputation/credibility to a great extent. Recommend

  • salmam
    Jun 18, 2015 - 3:43PM

    So good to know that pmln biggest concern is that reham rode on a helicopter a few times. I guess they think everything else in the country is hunky dory! Recommend

  • Ranjha
    Jun 18, 2015 - 3:51PM

    @Asif PTI:

    **Tired of defending this woman blunders all the time on social media & everywhere else.**

    PTI is a fact based political party. If you claim to be a supporter, then get your facts straight. Reham Khan can use a helicopter or a MIG 21 of even the Columbia space shuttle as a “rikshaw” if she wants to AS LONG AS it is not paid by the our tax money. And in her case, she flew in a private helicopter.

    Full speed ahead Reham — Imran has chosen a lovely, educated, ambitious woman to be his new partner. All the best to both of you. Enjoy the flights and ignore the jealous crowd, even within our own ranks!Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Jun 18, 2015 - 4:08PM

    Dalal Chaudhery is the household employee of Nawaz and Shabaz Sharif. He is extremely faithful and would go to any extent to please is employers.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 18, 2015 - 4:49PM

    The PML-N uses elite police to beat bakery workers when a member of the Sharif clan is denied service because it’s closed.
    Is that not a more serious abuse of power?Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 18, 2015 - 4:51PM

    Let her enjoy free rides on helicopter. She is wife of Imran Khan who has been doing the same on others money for years. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jun 18, 2015 - 4:59PM

    Imran Khan Niazi and his weather girl are billionaires and they can afford a fleet of helicopters.Recommend

  • Nk
    Jun 18, 2015 - 5:01PM

    I’m reading a lot here about a personal attack against someone’s family etc. And yes that should be off limits. And here I don’t know why It is. It was in the context of using a government helicopter for personal use. That IS an issue regardless of if you think there are bigger issues to deal with.

    And pti, like a guilty party, as usual instead of calmly refuting in public that it was a private helicopter or that she didn’t use one at all, stages walkouts. That’s what guilty people do. They run. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jun 18, 2015 - 5:02PM

    What is the source of Imran Khan Niazi’s income to use private choppers routinely while commuting around the town?Recommend

  • Watcher on the wall
    Jun 18, 2015 - 5:46PM

    Mr. Talal you’re there to legislate, not to babble. Nothing good has ever come from babbling in the NA.
    You’re getting paid from our pockets and we want you to LEGISLATE period. Recommend

  • king
    Jun 18, 2015 - 6:55PM

    they(Noora league) are fearing a total whipeout in the next elections…that’s what i dying man does..!!Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jun 18, 2015 - 8:20PM

    @London Banker:

    No one is debating to whether her highness, Reham Khan, is using helicopter with private or tax payers money. The issue is her husband’s VIP culture hypocrisy.

    Imran “Khan” the Anti VIP culture worrier my foot. Recommend

  • zain
    Jun 19, 2015 - 3:57AM

    @ Lakhkar Khan – I am not sure which part of Pakistan you live in. I live in Lahore and I have seen Imran Khan various times travelling like a normal law abiding citizen; and I am very certain that there are zillion of pictures on record as well stating the same.

    On the contrary – lets take Nawaz Sharif and his brother out of the picture for a moment; the way their extended family members travel in Lahore along with Elite force guards (multiple cars), who is paying for that? Or can you hire Elite force services like a ‘chokidar’?

    Please be more realistic, and aware about who is NOT treating resources appropriately. Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Jun 19, 2015 - 5:40AM

    What a royal family – husband always using chartard plane and wife using KPK government helicopter!!! Founder of Naya Pakistan at the cost of Quaid’s Pakistan. So unlucky we are.Recommend

  • Proud
    Jun 19, 2015 - 7:12AM

    @ Proud Pakistani – and we are very luck to have you. Please explain for wider audience what you have been doing for Pakistan apart from putting a biased comment out there?Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Jun 19, 2015 - 9:28AM

    @Proud: Try to love your country if you are Pakistani don’t worship person I know it hurts!!!Recommend

  • Jeea Siddiqui
    Jun 19, 2015 - 9:33PM

    @Zain: When you become a public figure, esp in case of politics and governance, there is no “personal” life in terms of practices that are visible to the public! If personal life is so critical to be maintained in its true spirits then why has she changed her appearance? Why the whole fake shalwar-kameez-dupatta grab? Just so masses won’t criticize as they usually do? Hypocrite! Recommend

  • Lolz
    Jun 20, 2015 - 3:04PM

    Cheapness in politics has been introduced by PML-N in Pakistan by disrespecting women and maligning personal issues. I appreciate PML-N’s skill of handling media effectively in order to achieve their goals of cheapness. Unfortunately Pakistan couldn’t produce any other party as successful in cheapness as PML-N because no one could go as lower as PML-N could!! There is one Reham Khan in PTI, whereas PML-N is run by whole one family with all relatives but no one in Pakistan could dare to be as cheaper to point a finger! LolzRecommend

  • Youth-Pakistan
    Jun 20, 2015 - 4:10PM

    Nawaz Sharif might have good intentions but he is continuously provided wrong information by shell around him known as Lahori group and we masses have to suffer now without electricity.

    Whats a nonsense government. I deceiver this for voting without applying my mind. There will be load shedding in Ramadan despite promises.

    Young PakistaniRecommend

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