Seven MNAs barred from National Assembly for ‘unparliamentary’ behaviour

NA Speaker Asad Qaiser will chair the in-camera meeting. Source: FIILE.

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has barred seven MNAs, including three from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), from entering Parliament House after the unruly behaviour. 

In a tweet, the NA speaker said that members who disrupted the session have been barred from entering the House for their “unparliamentary” and “inappropriate” behaviour.

He shared the order which said that the conduct of the MNAs during Shehbaz’s budget speech on June 14 and June 15 was “grossly disorderly”. “They violated the rules and, despite the repeated direction of the chair, interrupted House proceedings,” it said.

Those who have been barred included Ali Gohar Khan (PML-N), Chaudhary Hamid Hameed (PML-N), Sheikh Rohail Asghar (PML-N), Faheem Khan (PTI), Abdul Majeed Khan (PTI), Ali Nawaz Awan (PTI) and Syed Agha Rafiullah (PPP).

They have been told to not enter the premises of the Parliament House till further orders and instructions have been ordered to the assembly’s security. A separate statement issued by the NA Secretariat said that the ban would last until further orders.

The decision comes after the ruckus in the National Assembly turned on Tuesday as the opposition and treasury members scuffled with each other and threw budget books.

NA Speaker Asad Qaiser suspended the proceedings of the House three times when the treasury members when several members of the PTI refused to stay clam during the speech of Leader of Opposition and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif.

Parliamentary Secretary for Law Maleeka Bokhari was also hit by a flying object and injured in the eye. She later received first aid at the Parliament House dispensary.

Earlier today, Qaiser met Prime Minister Imran Khan during which the country’s political situation and the ruckus in the National Assembly came under discussion.

The NA speaker said that the premier was informed about the incident, adding that those who had violated the sanctity of the House would be punished. Some MNAs also complained that they had received bruises during the scuffle.

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