Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) members staged a token walkout after the speaker, Agha Siraj Durrani, did not allow them to speak against the federal defence minister, Khawaja Asif, on his remarks against 'muhajirs'. "The minister's statement has hurt millions of people. We want to say some words on it," said Muhammad Hussain.
The speaker, however, refused to give him time to speak, reasoning that the session had only been called for a post-budget debate. As the MQM members insisted, the speaker said, "Please don't try to dictate me. This is not the time to discuss this issue." Later, MQM members staged token walkout.
Earlier, MQM MPA Rauf Siddiqui had criticised Khawaja Asif and appealed to the army chief to take notice of his (Khawaja's) derogatory remarks against the army and MQM chief. "This country came into being because more than there million people scarificed their lives and he is now using non-parliamentary language against their families," he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2015.
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