MABAD - An uproar and exchange of abusive language among the Treasury and Opposition members in the National Assembly on Tuesday forced the chair to adjourn the proceedings till Wednesday (today), undermining the debate on Kerry-Lugar Bill.
Later, the Pakistan Muslim League(Quaid) Parliamentary Leader Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat who was involved in the verbal brawl and exchange of derogatory language announced boycott of the current session and vowed that unless the Pakistan Peoples Party would formally apologise from them and oust their MNA they would not join the Assembly.
Speaking on a point of order, the Pakistan Muslim League(Quid) Parliamentary Leader Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat expressed his concerns over Kerry-Lugar Bill and criticised the role of Pakistans ambassador in the United States, and asked that the maximum time should be allocated for threadbare discussion on the Bill.
He said the debate on the issue would help the government to express its stance to the US administration, with the backing of Parliament.
His remarks against the government invited the ire of PPP MNA Dr Azra Fazal. Later, she was joined by other members from the ruling party. Rising from seats, they chanted slogans against the opposition member having the floor.
The MPs from Opposition benches came back with befitting fashion further aggravating the situation which prevailed for well over 10 minutes with Abdul Qadir Patel, in the chair, requesting the members to observe restraint.
The chair also expunged the derogatory language used by the members against each other.
The situation was easing down when PPP MNA Jamshed Dasti could not control his nerves and came out shouting against the opposition member from rear seats.
The chair asked Minister for Labour and Manpower Syed Khurshid Shah to intervene but he too could not bring the situation under control.
Meanwhile, Minister for Interior Rehman Malik took Jamshed Dasti to his seat.
The remarks by Jamshed Dasti aggravated the situation and it become a free for all with members from both sides indulging in foul play, using abusive and filthy language against each other.
The chair seeing the situation slipping into complete disarray found it right to abruptly adjourn the proceedings till Wednesday 4.00pm.
OUR MONITORING DESK adds: No time-frame has been decided as yet for Waziristan operation, the government told the National Assembly on Tuesday, while the Opposition political parties termed the Kerry-Lugar Bill conditions unacceptable, reported a private TV channel.
The government representatives maintained in the House that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had sent Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to America after taking leaders of all political parties into confidence.
PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said, No one knows about recommendations crafted in the meeting attended by the President, Premier, Army Chief and ISI head. He demanded that hard copies of all the four agreements mentioned in the Bill be provided.
Riaz Pirzada demanded resignation of both Foreign Minister Qureshi and Pakistans Ambassador to US Husain Haqqani.
Rising up in defence of the government, Treasury member Sherry Rehman said use of harsh language and tone in the Bill was due to the policies followed by the former regime.
Minister of State for Information Samsum Ali Bukhari said more than 11,000 families had evacuated Waziristan and Khyber Agency areas.
PPP (Sherpao) chief Aftab Ahmed Sherpao challenged governments statement in this connection and said hundreds of thousands families were fleeing the areas. He further alleged that the government was not undertaking registration of such families.