NA session adjourned after treasury, Opp trade barbs
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly session on Wednesday was adjourned for the day after PPP lawmakers created chaos in the House over Energy Minister Omar Ayub’s remarks, in which he stated that corruption is “in the genetic makeup of the PPP and the PML-N”.
In a speech laden with criticism, the energy minister called out the performance of the previous governments, stating that there was an unprecedented price hike during the tenure of the PPP. In an apparent reference to former president Asif Ali Zardari, he also called out “Mr 10pc” in his speech.
The PPP took exception to the comments and asked the National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri to ask the minister to refrain from making such comments.
However, when Ayub continued his tirade against the opposition, PPP lawmakers led by Agha Rafiullah surrounded the energy minister and started tearing copies of the agenda, prompting treasury members to step in to prevent an altercation.
While Ayub and Rafiullah engaged in a verbal clash, treasury members, including Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar and Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, stepped in to pacify the PPP lawmakers.