QUETTA - Lawmakers from treasury and opposition benches traded barbs and exchanged hot words during proceedings of the Balochistan Assembly on Tuesday that prompted the chair to adjourn the meeting for 15 minutes.
The Balochistan Assembly session held with Sardar Raz Muhammad Barrech in chair at Assembly’s building in the provincial capital, on the request by PKMAP’s Nasrullah Zeray. The lawmakers offered Fateha for the deceased of Peshawar blast.
On a point of order, the ANP’s leader Engineer Zamrak Khan Achakzai said if there wasn’t any agenda, the session shouldn’t be called.
“It’s an assembly not a joke, we will not tolerate this in future,” said Engineer Zamrak, adding, “We are representatives of the people and they sent us here for solving their basic problems and not for enjoying tea and Pakoray.”
Taking the floor, the JUI F’s Shahida Rauf said the recent increase in prices of petrol and diesel were annoying the masses. “Balochistan has a strong tribal system where majority of the people have joint family system, but the recent increase in electricity units by Wapda would compel them to get separate,” she said.
The provincial minister of PKMAP Rahim Ziaratwal replied to the opposition members that recent hike in petrol and electricity tariff was related to the federal government, if someone had any reservations, he should table a resolution against it. “The Chief Minister Dr Malik is heading the relief operation in Awaran district hit by earthquake,” Ziaratwal said.
Ziaratwal said, “We have seen in past that Assembly proceedings remained limited to five minutes but now in the present assembly we discuss our issues for hours.
The PML-Q member of the provincial assembly Mir Abdul Kareem Nosherwani said that cabinet was yet to be formed despite lapse of six months which was a grave joke with the people. He said funds were yet to be released which could laps doing injustice with the people of Balochistan.
The PKMAP’s Liaquat Agha said the past regime embezzled billions of rupees and all members of past regime will have to pay back. Against Agha’s remarks the opposition members stood up on their benches and started arguments with the government lawmakers. They leveled serious allegation on each other and the floor turned in to a fish market.
The chairman of the penal Sardar Raza Muhammad Barrech couldn’t restore calm and order in the house and adjourned the assembly’s proceedings for 15 minutes. After the break the members accepted the leave applications of absent members.
PKMAP’s Dr Hamid Achakzai said, “We have been elected to tackle the problems of an ordinary man not to argue or accuse each other, the way we used abusive language on the floor is condemnable,” Dr Hamid said, adding that speaker should take strict notice of the abusive language used on the assembly floor.”
The National Party leader Rehmat Baloch lamented the violation of floor’s sanctity and said, the behavior of opposition members wasn’t right, the corruption of past regime was on the record.
“I urge the speaker to suspend the membership of MPA who violates the floor’s respect in future,” he added.
The ANP’s Zamrak said, “We better know the rule and regulations of the floor, we have ruled the province for past five years.”
“We didn’t use any abusive language but whatever happened with us, is unbearable, if anyone has any proof of our corruption, present it in front of the floor,” Zamrak said, adding, “The way the government members are treating us, isn’t right.”
He further said, “We aren’t refugees, if we don’t have the right to share our views then we will sit outside of the assembly.” Zamrak the announced boycott of the session and left the proceedings.
The PML N’s Ghulam Dastagir Badini said in 2005 the government had appointed RPOs across the province to facilitate the people but they were being transferred and the set up was about to be wound up which could bring more hardships to the people of far flung areas.
He said this would render jobless more than 500 people of the province.
After the thorough proceedings of the assembly the speaker adjourned the session till Friday (October 4).