Mind your language legislators!


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Opposition leaders on Thursday welcomed a government proposal to form a committee that will prepare a code of conduct for members of the National Assembly.

Earlier in the day, during the ‘question hour’, the house had once again seen the treasury and opposition benches resort to verbal blows after Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry once accused the previous two governments for “destroying every institution in the country”.

Later in the day, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak informed the house it had been decided during a parliamentary meeting of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers that assembly proceedings would be run strictly in according to rules, “and the use of un-parliamentary language would be discouraged.”

He also proposed the formation of a committee comprising members from the treasury and opposition benches to devise a joint strategy for the smooth running of the lower house.

Shebaz Sharif, taking the floor, welcomed the move and regretted the use of unbecoming language in the NA by members from both sides of the aisle.

He further complained that some ministers were “in the habit of levelling allegations without presenting any evidence” to back their claims.

He said that the use of abusive language by members of  parliament was “creating an air of despondency among the people”. “For the past few days, we have turned this house into a fish market,” Shehbaz said.