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Pakistan political party disrupts parliament session over PM’s eligibility
Publication Date : 03-05-2012
Members of the Pakistan's Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) party disrupted session of the National Assembly and staged a walkout from the Senate when they were resumed yesterday, DawnNews reported.
The PML-N senators staged a walkout from the upper house of the parliament over Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s refusal to step down from the premiership after his conviction in the contempt of court case and ‘non-implementation’ of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) regarding the drone attacks.
Senators from the PML-N protested in the upper house causing a chaotic situation there.
PML-N Senator Raja Zafar ul Haq said that the senate session was unconstitutional because after the Supreme Court’s verdict against Gilani, he was no more the prime minister and hence the PML-N does not accept Gilani’s cabinet.
Haq said that despite the joint resolution passed in the parliament on national security and future rules of engagement with the US, US drone strikes have not been stopped in the country.
Moreover, the lawmakers belonging to PML-N disrupted the National Assembly session demanding resignation of the prime minister.
The PML-N lawmakers tore the copies of the day’s agenda of the session and shouted slogans against the government.
They wore black stripes on their arms in protest and carried placards with the slogans of ‘Go Gilani Go’ printed on them.
Gilani did not show up during the parliament’s session to avoid any unpleasant incident.
The parliament’s session was subsequently adjourned until 10:00 am today.