Opposition parties resume parallel session outside Parliament


Islamabad May 31 (TNS):  Major opposition parties in the National Assembly on Wednesday started their parallel session outside Parliament with lawmakers belonging to the Pakistan People’s Party, the Pakistan Tehree-e-Insaf, the Muttahida Qaqumi Movement and the Jamaat-e-Islami attending the session.

The government and its coalition parties are holding the regular proceeding of the Lower House inside the Parliament.

The opposition lawmakers including Opposition Leader in NA Khurshid Shaha, MQM’s  Farooq Sattar, PTI’s Arif Alvi, PPP’s Shazia Mari, JI’s Tariqullah and other MNAs are attending the session.

The opposition had earlier announced to hold the parallel session outside the parliament after the federal government refused live telecast of the opposition leader’s speech on the federal budget on state-run PTV.

On Tuesday, the opposition parties boycotted the National Assembly proceedings for the second consecutive day after Opposition Leader in NA Khursheed Shah was denied to have his speech telecast live on PTV.

During the Tuesday’s National Assembly session, the House also witnessed uproar and sloganeering with different intervals.

While addressing the session, Khurshid Shah said that the government was not offering a level playing field to the opposition parties and shying away from listening to counter facts about the federal budget the opposition members want to share in the Parliament.

Inside the Parliament, the treasury benches and their coalition parties are holding the regular proceedings of the House.

While speaking on the floor on Wednesday, PukhMAP chief mehmood Khan Achakzai urged the government to persuade the opposition members and bring them to the House to avoid making fun of the Parliament.