Govt, Opp agree to stay rowdy in Parliament

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SIDDEEQ SAJID

ISLAMABAD

The second round of talks between government and opposition remained inconclusive on Tuesday as well to run the parliament smoothly and without any uproar and protest.

The talks were held at the Parliament House with National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair. The meeting was attended by federal ministers Pervez Khattak, Ejaz Shah, Azam Swati, Shafqat Mehmood and Ali Muhammad Khan while from opposition’s side Khurshid Shah, Naveed Qamar, Amir Haider Hoti, Asadur Rehman, and Ayaz Sadiq attended the meeting.

Opposition raised the issue of production order of Khawaja Saad Rafique so that he could attend the session of National Assembly however the speaker said that he was looking into this matter and decision will be made soon.

Sources told Daily Morning Mail that the speaker requested both the opposition and the government members to co-operate with him to run the house smoothly ,to which the opposition said that running the house in a peaceful manner was the prime responsibility of the government and that the opposition will not withdraw its right to criticize the government policies.

The government took the position that if the opposition stages protests in the house then it will be given a befitting response.

The speaker complained that due to the protests, he was unable to complete the agenda and no legislation was possible in this situation.

Former speaker Ayaz Sadiq said what was going on in assembly was due to the government’s behavior which was not ready to accept the opposition. He was of the view that the speaker wanted to run the house in a smooth way but his own government did not want to run the house as this government was not serious about running the parliament,