ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday castigated the opposition for playing to galleries reminding them of its democratic right to resolve the masses problems through the Parliament.
As he described the hue and cry of the opposition on a`parliamentary word’ as `much ado about nothing,’ Nisar mentioned to Parliamentary proceedings of previous years and said, this word was used on number of occasions.
“What was un-parliamentary in that word. Many of them protesting today, have been using this word on floor of houses,” Nisar said speaking in National Assembly on a point of order.He also commented, “some friends of the opposition desire that House is
run according to their wishes.”
“It is for the first time in our parliamentary history that the opposition has boycotted to get withdrawn a parliamentary word.
The country is plunged into problems and you are protesting a non- issue,” he added.
The Interior Minister said, there should have been a logic in opposition’s demand. “Today, they are demanding to withdraw a word, tomorrow they will demand to withdraw whole of my speech.”
He appreciated the conduct of other opposition parties to take part in proceedings as only PPPP and PTI had boycotted the proceedings. “Is it the new dimension of the politics what an
opposition party has been talking of that you are getting TA/DA for attending the proceedings but do not come to the House.”
On thumbs verification, Nisar said, he had offered to constitute a committee headed by Justice (r) Wajihuddin to investigate the matter.
Nisar recalled his track record and said, during last 20 years it is very rare that any of my word spoken on floor of the House was declared un-parliamentary.
He also clarified that once the answer of a question is challenged, it is not pressed after assurance from the concerned Minister to re-verify the reply.
“The opposition opted for confrontation despite that the government ensured maximum time for them to speak on different issues.This attitude demands from the opposition to lit in
themselves the democratic spirit and tolerance,” Nisar said.
The minister sought permission from the Chair to speak in detail on law and order and other issues raised concerning to his Ministry in the next session.
Later, Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi read out the prorogation order and the House was adjourned sine die.