The National Assembly session on Friday got off to a noisy start with opposition lawmakers chanting anti-government slogans despite the speaker’s repeated appeals for order in the house.
Loud sloganeering by opposition lawmakers continued as Prime Minister Imran Khan walked into the assembly along with other government members and ministers.
The NA meeting, called into session yesterday, was held hours before the opposition alliance’s – Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) – rally in Gujranwala, where leaders and supporters from the country’s major opposition parties are gathering in protest against the government’s policies.
The assembly session started off with prayers for the 13 security personnel and seven private guards, who were martyred in separate terrorist attacks in Balochistan’s Gwadar district and the North Waziristan tribal district a day earlier.
PM Imran left the house when the session was adjourned for 20 minutes following a ruckus by the opposition. After the sitting resumed, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan presented a bill to introduce an amendment in the Election Act 2017 before the assembly.
The Election Amendment Bill 2020 was referred to the relevant committee and the session was adjourned until October 19.