Opposition’s protest disrupts NA proceedings, session adjourned till tomorrow

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Opposition's protest disrupts NA proceedings, session adjourned till tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Proceeding of the National Assembly was disrupted again on Tuesday after the opposition lodged a strong protest against the deputy speaker’s decision not to hold a re-vote when an opposition MNA introduced a bill pertaining to the quota of judges in the Islamabad High Court.
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) MNA Aliya Kamran had moved a bill seeking an increase in the number of judges of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) from six to 10, and a quota accommodating all the provinces on IHC benches.
Parliamentary Secretary for Law Maleeka Bokhari opposed the bill, but Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri held a verbal vote and subsequently rejected the bill after it appeared to have been voted against.
Kamran then challenged the vote and the deputy speaker ordered a headcount. The headcount revealed that 96 MNAs opposed the bill, while 94 were in favour of it. Therefore, the NA decided against the move.
Members of the opposition gathered in front of Suri’s dais, asking him to order another vote on the bill but the deputy speaker rejected the demand and suspended House proceedings.
The deputy speaker returned to the House after an hour to announce adjournment of the session. It will resume tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11am.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to lash out at the opposition for disrupting National Assembly proceedings by staging regular walkouts. The opposition had walked out of the NA yesterday after Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif accused the treasury benches of using foul language.
The prime minister said that the repeated walkouts indicated that this was “the only function they (opposition) intend to perform”.
He claimed that walkouts are used as “pressure tactics” to “seek an NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) and evade accountability for corruption in NAB (National Accountability Bureau) cases not initiated by PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf)”.

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