The National Assembly (NA) witnessed chaos when parliamentarians started fighting with each other – they threw budget copies, chanted slogans and used unparliamentary language. Lawmakers are supposed to discuss people’s problems and sit together to solve them.
Such kind of behaviour has disastrous effects on our already polarised society.
The shameful behaviour of parliamentarians has shocked people to the core. It was also surprising to see that the speaker of the NA failed to restore order. Earlier, the opposition created a lot of noise when the finance minister presented the budget for the financial year 2021-2022.
We witnessed similar scenes in 2014. Parliamentarians do raise slogans against members of rival parties. However, the recent episode of disorder in the NA was one of its kind.
Malik Tariq Ali
It was disappointing to see our lawmakers fighting with each other and using abusive language on the floor of the National Assembly. On Tuesday (June 15), as soon as Shehbaz Sharif started his speech on the recently presented budget and talked about PM Imran Khan’s broken promises, the treasury members chanted slogans against him. Within minutes, the assembly echoed with slang words. The ministers also threw budget copies at each other. While the members of the treasury and opposition members fought, Shehbaz Sharif kept talking about the poor performance of the incumbent government. He asked about the promised 10 million jobs and the $200 billion amount that was supposed to be brought back to the country. The speaker, however, adjourned the session.
The government and the opposition should show maturity. This kind of behaviour will spoil the global image of the country.
Abid Hussain Samejo