The boycott of opposition parties in National Assembly continued on Friday as Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali refused to retract his word.
Arguing that "tamasha" wasn't a non-parliamentary word, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan refused to take back his word.
During National Assembly’s session on Friday, Chaudhry Nisar said the word was used previously in parliamentary debates. Opposition was entangled in petty issues, he added.
Addressing the media outside National Assembly, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the opposition wasn’t seeking any excuse or apology, adding that the Interior Minister should take that word back.
PPPP leader Naveed Qamar said that government considers the opposition lawmakers as lower-class citizens.
Federal Railway Minister Saad Rafique was confident that opposition would be persuaded to end the boycott and attend the next session.
He urged the MNAs to refrain from indulging in unnecessary debate and save precious time of the house.
On the other hand, House Business Advisory Committee also failed to end a deadlock. MQM leader Iqbal Muhammad Ali warned that he too would resort to protests if two parties did not end the tamasha.