Leader of Opp in Senate says only a state minister is sitting in House out of a ‘heavy cabinet’ of over 70 ministers, advisers and special assistants.

ISLAMABAD     -   A complete lack of seriousness was witnessed on Tuesday in the Senate from the treasury and the opposition benches as both sides continued to point out quorum when a debate on the country’s “deteriorating” economy and flood situation was under way in the house. This led Deputy Chairman Senate Mirza Muhammad Afridi to adjourn the house till next Friday after Minister of State for Law Shahadat Awan got only few minutes to conclude the debate on the two commenced motions relating to bad economic conditions and the government’s capacity in dealing with the recent devastating floods. First, a treasury member pointed out the quorum when at least two PTI lawmakers used the floor of the house for political pointscoring instead of holding a serious debate on the motions. Senator Faisal Javed Khan was speaking in the house when the quorum was pointed out. As the house lacked the minimum strength, the deputy chairman Senate adjourned the house for 10 minutes. Before the adjournment, Senator Khan wondered if the government had pointed out the quorum of the session that was summoned by it. “See, this is their behavior.” After the house resumed, Leader of the Opposition in the House Dr Shahzad Waseem on a point of public concern raised an objection that only a state minister was sitting in the house out of a “heavy cabinet” of over 70 ministers, advisers and special assistants. “This is the face of the govt,” he said, adding that the “drowning” govt did not look functioning anywhere. “Is this your management?” he asked while referring towards the empty chairs of the treasury. He also underlined that the chair did not fold a count after the house resumed, though it was not in quorum. Following this, the opposition staged a protest walkout from the house what it said was against irresponsible behavior of the government. As the Minister of State for Law Awan started concluding the debate, a lawmaker from the opposition also pointed out the quorum that led to the adjournment of the house. Earlier during the question hour session, the Minister for Religious Affairs Abdul Shakoor and Danesh Kumar, a Balochistan Awami Party lawmaker belonging to the minority community, entered into a heated argument over a question. The opposition benches staged a protest walkout from the house over some remarks of the minister that were later expunged by the chair. Before the protest, the opposition leader demanded from the minister to withdraw his critical remarks against a member of the house. Later, the minister apologised to the member and also withdrew his remarks saying that he did not mean to insult anybody.