The floor of the august House of the Punjab Assembly presented a scene where worthy public representatives freely used fists and kicks against their opponents, hurling shoes at them, uttering unparlaimentary expressions, exchanging barbs and creating such a commotion that the Speaker felt unable to control it and had no other option but to adjourn the proceedings. In the shouting match and the nasty brawls that ensued, women did not stand aloof and were seen slapping at political rivals and tearing their clothes. It must be admitted that in a situation in which even women are not spared and are subjected to morally questionable abuses, they could, more often than not, be expected to lose patience and resort to even physical violence.
Beyond doubt, it is a demeaning situation not just for the parliamentarians who stooped to such low behaviour, but for the nation as a whole as well which elects them. It is a blot on the fair name of democracy that, in essence, calls for serious debate of issues of national concern with a view to addressing them in a meaningful manner and hardly suggests that such a democracy is taking root in Pakistan. Pitiably somehow, a growing number of Pakistani parliamentarians are joining the ranks of those who are prone to an angry display of emotions, setting aside the need to maintain the decorum of the House. It falls on the leadership, irrespective of party, to make sure that the sanctity of the House is not violated under any circumstances, and take those to task who continue with their undisciplined conduct.