Pandemonium in NA as opposition, govt lawmakers exchange heated words

ISLAMABAD: The Lower House of the Parliament descended into chaos on Thursday after the government and opposition members scuffled over Karachi’s power outages, K-Electric’s incompetence and the controversial Uzair Baloch Joint Investigative (JIT) report.
During a discussion about the issue of persistent load shedding in Karachi, the energy minister told the House that the federal government has taken steps to improve the power supply in Karachi to address the problems of the people in the city.
Ayub said they were providing an additional 100 megawatt of electricity to KE, which was in addition to the agreement signed with the company.
“Thirty thousand metric tons of furnace oil and 100 mmcfd gas have been provided to the company,” the minister said, “We will provide more gas to KE which will help it generate 200 megawatts of power.”
The minister, however, regretted that the city’s sole power supplier did not upgrade its system over the years and it has constraints to take additional electricity from the national grid.
“The federal government will help K-Electric build its capacity,” he added.
Building on the power minister’s statement, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar lamented that the previous governments did not pay attention to address the issue of load shedding in Karachi.
“The present government will implement in record time the project to improve power transmission and distribution system in Karachi,” Umar said.
Earlier, protests erupted in the National Assembly after a war of words ensued between female PPP lawmakers and PTI members during Umar’s speech.
Female lawmakers from the PPP surrounded the speaker’s dais after Ayub and PTI lawmaker Aslam Khan allegedly used inappropriate words directed at them during the session.
The argument started when a call for attention notice was presented in the assembly by PPP over the unannounced load shedding in Karachi by KE. Protests started after a war of word ensued between Ayub and Khan against the female lawmakers of the House.
The tensions showed no signs of stopping even after Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri urged the PTI lawmaker to not speak to female lawmakers this way.
“Women, whether they are from the government or opposition, are to be respected,” said Suri.
Upon the deputy speaker’s request, PTI lawmaker Khan apologised to the lawmakers and stated that he did not target anyone neither did he take anyone’s name.
Federal Minister for Postal Services Murad Saeed read out Uzair Baloch’s confessional statement which resulted in the opposition walking out of the House and a pair of headphones being thrown at him by PPP’s Shazia Soomro. Saeed had said that extortion money collected by Baloch went to former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur.
Reading out Baloch’s confessional statement, Saeed said the gangster had confessed to taking over a notorious gang after Rahman Dacoit was gunned down by police.
“Uzair Baloch confessed to police encounters, kidnapping with ransom and attacks on police stations,” he said. “Baloch also confessed to him, Faryal Talpur and Asif Zardari receiving extortion money.”
He added, Baloch also confessed to taking over 14 sugar mills, harassing people living around Bilawal House in Karachi enough to ensure 40 houses around it were vacated.


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