Parliaments Session on Yemen's Crisis Over-Turned on PTI's humiliation
ISLAMABAD: PTI, after Seven Months, joined Parliament in a joint session of the two houses, called to consider Pakistan's position in the latest Yemen Crisis where Houthis have rebelled against President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, instead the consensus fell upon "Go Imran Go."
The session started early morning to which National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, later, adjourned the joint session until 5pm as opposition leaders protested the prime minister's absence from what is dubbed as a critical debate on foreign policy.
Later, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif joined the proceedings as he was engaged with the newly-elected Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on an official three-day visit to the country on Sunday.
MQM Walks Out of the Session
Since PTI members had resigned earlier, MQM questioned their authority and presence in the session. For the same MQM members walked out of the session in protest. Farooq Sattar asserted that PTI MNAs had no place in the parliament as they had tendered resignations last year.
Farooq Sattar addressing the resignations of PTI MNAs, which the speaker did not accept: "The House has the authority to end membership of any lawmaker following his voluntary absence for 40 days."
The speakers tried to ally them by reading from a paper: "According to the order of Supreme Court it comes under my authority to inquire about the authenticity of resignation by every member who has resigned."
MQM on this note walked out.
Federal ministers Qadir Baloch, Barjees Tahir and Riaz Peerzada have been sent by the speaker to pacify the disgruntled lawmakers.
PTI's presence built commotion as as lawmakers protested
As MQM walks out, thier lawmakers shouted slogans seconding Farooq Sattar's point of view that PTI stand ineligible to be present.
PML-N's Khawaja Asif, Defence Minister couldn't hold it within and lashed out saying: "They [PTI] have no grace or honor; to have come back to a house that they once abused resigning ex-parliament where they are now present."
Aitzaz Ahsan Mediates
Senate opposition leader Aitzaz Ahsan was compassionate and reproached Khawaja Asif by saying, "The government should show some flexibility rather than pointing fingers at everyone."
On PTI's point he added: "MQM and PTI might have an issue over NA-246 but other members must show some flexibility."
Aitzaz Ahsan went to complete his speech addressing Nawaz Sharif to gather the Muslim Ummah over the issue. "We want to end war through diplomacy."
The PPP lawmaker says Pakistan, through its military power, has a strong position in the region. "We need to utilize this and work towards a diplomatic solution to end this crisis," says Aitzaz.
He endorses Khwaja Asif’s statement saying we have been fighting the war against terrorism on our own.
Aitzaz Ahsan closes his speech, emphasising on his earlier demand, that the government clearly state Pakistan's role in the Yemen conflict. "The House cannot be kept in the dark for long," says Aitzaz.
"All diplomatic correspondences should be shared with us," he says.
Imran Khan couldn't bear the Humiliation
He said, " I have no hopes from the parliament." He was upset over the fact what Khawaja Asif said and his attitude towards his party. He said that his party was called in to discuss over an on-going issue which was of greater importance for it had graver consequences as compared. He gave away his issues for the same for a greater cause and sub-dued to the interest of Pakistan.
It was last week that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for a joint session of Parliament as opposition leaders pushed for an All Parties Conference to debate whether Pakistan will accede to Saudi Arabia’s request for ground and air military assistance to counter the Houthi insurgency in Yemen.
The government has repeatedly said it has not yet committed sending troops to the conflict area but that it would confront any threat to Saudi Arabia’s “territorial integrity”.
But the Saudi state media have been citing Pakistan as one of more than 10 states in the coalition before and after a high-level Pakistani civil and military delegation visited the kingdom last week to assess its military requirements.
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