LAHORE, Dec 30: It was another chaotic day in the Punjab Assembly on Friday as the opposition agitated and staged a walkout to protest some objectionable remarks of the law minister against the daughter of a PML-Q leader and used the same remarks for Rana Sanaullah in the process.
On a point of order, opposition leader Raja Riaz said that a woman was sitting on the stairs of the assembly building – waiting to meet the speaker to seek justice against police highhandedness.
He threatened an en bloc walkout by the opposition if the woman – Ayesha Ahad Malik –was not heard.
Hearing the name of alleged wife of chief minister’s MNA son Hamza Shahbaz, Rana Sana sprang to his feet; yelling that she did not come but had been brought in by certain people “purposely”.
Cautioning against repeating the act, he blamed the opposition for doing politics in the name of a “woman with a criminal background”.
As if it was no enough, he launched a personal attack on Ms Malik.
The provoked opposition, especially women members, stood up shouting at the law minister demanding of the government to remove him from the office.
Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal, however, ignored the calls; urging the members to maintain decorum in the house.
Protesting the treasury’s attitude, Raja Riaz led a walkout by the opposition members except for PPP’s Ashraf Sohna who remained seated.
Sohna later told Dawn that he did not leave the house only to enjoy assertions of PML-N’s Afzal Munda, who preferred to continue speaking when Dr Samia Amjad of the PML-Q entered the house only to point out a lack of quorum.
As the treasury failed to maintain the quorum, the speaker adjourned the proceedings till Monday afternoon.
Later, all the women opposition members joined Ms Malik in front of the assembly chamber in a bid to block the exit of the speaker, law minister and CM’s senior adviser Sirdar Zulfikar Khosa. They raised slogans against the law minister, who did not come out of the assembly until the protesters, including Ms Malik, left the place.
The speaker and the CM’s adviser both refused to listen to the demonstrators and were escorted out by the security personnel.
Talking to the media ready to gather any ‘juicy’ story, the female legislators condemned the law minister for his “disrespectful” remarks and demanded of the chief minister to sack him.