Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly witnessed rumpus and exchange of hot words among the members of treasury and opposition benches, on the first day before starting debate on the provincial budget for 201314 on Thursday.
The acting speaker Shahid Imtiaz Qureshi, who was presiding the session also left the members on their own sweet will for a while, who shouted against each others with full throat shouting of shame shame directing each others to sit down.
The entire opposition members shouted against the minister for health, Shaukat Yousafzai when he pointed out to the chair as to whether the PPP MPA Nighat Orakzai was speaking on a point of order or delivering her speech on the budget.
In her speech, she condemned the killing of innocent people and newly elected MPA Imran Mohmand and deplored existing miserable condition of the government’s hospitals.
Taking the floor, the minister for health who also holds the office of the information minister, Shaukat Yousafzai, referred towards the attitude of PPP MPA, said that as if doomsday arrived. On this, majority from the opposition benches shouted against the minister asking him to withdraw his words.
The minister repeatedly withdrew his words and sought apology saying he did not mean that what the members perceived. He said he was not mentioning the tragic killing of people but said about the hospitals.
The emotionally charged newly elected members from the treasury benches also responded more vigorously shouting against the opposition members with shame shame when the minister recalled that Nighat had been supporting military dictator General Pervez Musharraf for 10 years but later ignored her past.
The treasury members later told reporters that they could not tolerate such insulting attitude of “some irresponsible” few legislators, who always jumped on every issue.
Shaukat Yousafzai, however ended his speech when directed by the chair to sit down. The minister said the drone attacks would continue the same until they would not review the policy. Former minister Yousaf Ayub, suggested the speaker to invite the members to debate the provincial budget.