Uproar in NA over Bilawal’s remarks about PM, Asad

House approves 120-day extension in Elections (Amend) Ordinance, 2019

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Tariq Virk

ISLAMABAD

While speaking in a national assembly session on Monday Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari termed Prime Minister Imran Khan ‘incompetent and unskilled’.

“The selected prime minister should be the one who should be relieved from his position,” the PPP leader said in reference to the sacking of former finance minister Asad Umar.

Bilawal reiterated his demand for the “sacking of those ministers who have ties with proscribed organisations and terrorists”.

“The anti-democracy minister considers us a threat. If they think we will remain silent over their abuses then let me them it’s not possible.”

Bilawal said that the PPP was not scared of dictators like Ayub and Musharraf, and will remain steadfast against the puppet government.

He warned that if “I, as my party’s parliamentary leader, am not allowed to speak, then your prime minister will also not be allowed to speak [in this house].”

“We will not even let him enter [the building],” he threatened.

“We will continue to expose their anti-poor policies,” he said. “You have to be accountable that’s what happens in a democracy.”

Bilawal also objected to retired Brig Ijaz Shah’s appointment as the new interior minister, questioning how the position could be given to him, “when there are allegations that he was involved in Daniel Pearl’s murder.”

“Are you trying to send a message to the world that we have terrorists and terrorists’ abettors in our cabinet?” he asked Bilawal also took aim at the new federal cabinet, calling it a combination of Musharraf and PPP’s teams, a reference to the many old faces on the treasury benches.

The PPP chairman, sporting a grin, said that “if anyone had to go home, it should have been the prime minister,” calling him “incapable and unworthy”. “This cannot happen.”

The PTI MNAs left their seats and chanted slogans after taking exception to Bilawal’s.

PPP lawmakers returned the treasury benches’ uproar during Federal Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan’s rebuttal by approaching his seat and tearing up the session’s agenda.

Earlier, National Assembly was informed that due process is followed before placing a person on the Exit Control List. Responding to a question during Question Hour, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said that the interior ministry always takes an action in view of country’s security and defence instead of targeting anyone else.

He said so far 461 people have been placed on ECL by the PTI Government. He said cabinet’s approval was attained for placing a person on the ECL. To a question, Ali Muhammad Khan said any foreign women, who marries to a Pakistani national and intends to acquire citizenship of Pakistan can apply for grant of Pakistani citizenship certificate.

Responding to a calling attention regarding damage caused to the crops due to recent rains in the country, he said Provincial Disaster Management Authority Baluchistan has also moved a summary of 280.07 million rupees to help the rain affected people in the province. Ali Muhammad Khan said crops spreading over 12,940 acers of land have been affected in Punjab and the provincial government is undertaking a survey in this regard to finalize a proper strategy to mitigate sufferings of the farmer community.

The House approved extension in the Elections (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 for a period of one hundred and Twenty days with effect from first of the next month. The National Assembly unanimously approved a resolution condemning the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka killing over 200 people. The resolution moved by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, extended heartfelt condolence to the people of Sri Lanka. It said that as victims of terrorism, we understand pain and sorrow of victims and their families.