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Opp walks out after resolution on drones barred in PA

04 December, 2013

LAHORE: The opposition members staged a walkout from the Punjab Assembly (PA) session on Tuesday when the speaker barred them from moving an 'out-of-turn' resolution against drone attacks.

Deputy speaker Sardar Sher Ali Gorchani was chairing the session when the PTI backed opposition leader Mian Mehmood ur Rasheed attempted to move an out-of-turn resolution, as it was a private members day, demanding in detail discussion over the drone attacks issue. The move was foiled by the acting speaker in charge terming it 'out of order' and not listed on the agenda list.

Right after the rejection, the ruckus ensued between members of the opposition and treasury who chanted slogans against each other. Meanwhile, the opposition subsequently boycotted the session and walked out the house in protest for not being allowed to table the resolution over drone attacks issue.

Earlier, the opposition leader, while commenting over about the resolution, stated in the house that how the house could ignore resolution on issue of drone attacks which was related to national sovereignty and integrity.

The opposition leader rejected suggestion by Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, on point of order, for taking up the resolution at the end of the session after wrapping up the routine business of the house. Rana, during his address termed the opposition stance as "drone drama".

Opposition members turned raged over Rana's comments and the bickering ensued. Rasheed opined that if the house could adopt an out of turn the resolution against militants attack on a media organisation's office in Karachi, then the same could be applied to discuss drone issues.

He asked if the issue of drone strike was less important than attack on office of media house.

Opposition leader also said that National Assembly as well as all parties' conference had established the importance of the issue by discussing it. He underscored that no matter worth more than issue related to country's sovereignty.

Rana, on a point of order, said the government was ready to present its consent over the drone attacks issue. But opposition was doing politics on the issue and termed the proposed resolution as 'drone drama'.

Later, the speaker formed a committee of treasury members' under Provincial Minister Malik Nadeem Kamran to negotiate with the opposition to end their boycott. later, The committee head told the house after talking to opposition members that they had refused to return until law minister withdrew his remarks.

Minister further said that the opposition did not seem interested in returning to house as they were working on 'Jews agenda'. Speaker remarked that the opposition was given chance to speak but they did not avail it.

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