ISLAMABAD - As the opposition parties walked out from the National Assembly session to express solidarity with Muttahida Qaumi Movement against attack on its lawmaker Tahira Asif in Lahore, the government smelt a conspiracy to destabilise the incumbent government with the happening of back-to-back incidents.
The PML-N government strongly condemned the incident with opposition benches stressed the need to contemplate aspect of conspiracy against the sitting government.
The House also witnessed uproar mainly from opposition benches over the attack on MQM legislator and also on the remarks from treasury benches to avoid linking the incident with some other matter.
The rumpus from opposition benches also compelled NA speaker Iyaz Sadiq to expunge the specific words to relate the incident.
The sanity prevailed, amid rumpus from opposition benches, as veteran politician PkMAP chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai with his timely intervention asked the House to jointly condemn the incident. “It is highly condemnable and we demand an investigation into the incident,” he added.
Taking the floor, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said thorough investigation would be carried out of this sad incident. “We need to deliberate about any conspiracy against democracy behind these back-to-back incidents,” he pointed out.
He further said that he had asked the prime minister’s staff to provide information about these incidents. Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah also condemned the incident and joined hands with MQM lawmakers on walkout.
MQM’s Asif Hasnain, in an emotional tone, termed it state terrorism and expressed annoyance over attempts to declare it a dacoity incident. “Lahore has become a slaughter house. This incident could happen with anyone,” he added.
PTI lawmaker Arif Alvi, Jamaat-e-Islami legislator Sher Akbar and JUI-F’s Naeema Kishwar strongly condemning the incident demanded a thorough investigation into the happening.
AML chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmad also endorsed Dar’s indication about conspiracy behind these incidents. “Someone wearing gloves doing these activities,” he commented.
However, PkMAP lawmaker Abdul Rahim Mandokhel advised the lawmakers not be prey on these circumstances, as there was a need to resolve the issue. Taking the floor, Minister Khurram Dastgir also suggested to seek truth from the facts. “There is no need to jump the conclusion,” he added.
The House also prayed for the health of injured MQM lawmaker Tahira Asif. Earlier, the House resounded with the name of ‘Gulu Butt’ as opposition lawmakers tried to speak on Lahore incident, with the particular reference of torture of Lahore police. Whoever, the speaker did not give the floor to opposition benches saying the judicial inquiry would be carried out of this incident.