ISLAMABAD: Chaotic scenes were witnessed in the National Assembly of Pakistan during the session called to debate about the expulsion of the French Ambassador from Pakistan.
Earlier, the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) government had entered into an agreement with the banned Tehreek e Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) according to which the PTI government agreed to debate the expulsion of the French Ambassador.
The session started around 11:45 AM with recitation of the Holy Quran as well as a Naat. Fatiha Khawani was also done for the people who lost their lives in the protests which had erupted all over Pakistan.
As soon as the session began, PPP leader Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal requested the Deputy Speaker, Qasim Khan Suri to speak on a point of order, however, Suri did not allow the opposition members to speak.
This resulted in loud sloganeering by the opposition benches and ultimately, dozens of opposition members cornered the Deputy Speaker, requesting for time to speak on the recent protests and the controversial cartoons by France.
The Pakistan Daily was present in the press gallery of the National Assembly, where loud slogans commemorating the respect and honour of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) were being chanted by both treasury and opposition members.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed was present in the Assembly before the session started, however, as soon as the session began, the interior minister could not be seen in the assembly. Ali Mohammad Khan from the PTI stayed present in the assembly throughout the short session which lasted around 30 minutes.
From the opposition, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Ahsan Iqbal, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Hina Rabbani Khar, Mohsin Dawar and various other members were present, however, none of them were allowed to speak by the Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri.
When treasury members tried to address the Deputy Speaker, Opposition members responded with loud sloganeering, which ultimately resulted in the session being indefinitely postponed.