ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday was presented with a general complaint that the parliament failed to address people’s problems during the five years of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, according to a local media report.
It was also reported that the complaint initiated from both the opposition benches and some members of the ruling party.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader SA Iqbal Qadri moderated the session in the absence of Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi.
MQM members took the golden opportunity to try and table a resolution for the formation of another province in Sindh consisting of areas where the party had strong footings.
MQM’s Ali Raza Abidi demanded that the speaker allowed him to table the resolution, which was turned down on the basis that the resolution needed to be submitted to the National Assembly Secretariat.
The MQM legislators got an open field after almost all members of main parties left the house. They delivered emotional speeches, condemning the federal government and the Sindh government for not addressing problems of Karachi and remote areas of the province.
Some members demanded that the parliament should take up the issues of a controversial book of former chief of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) retired Lt Gen Asad Durrani, abrogation of the Constitution by former president Gen Pervez Musharraf and de-notification of 10 districts by the Islamabad High Court.
Retired Maj Tahir drew the attention of the house to the issue of de-notification of 10 districts only 55 days before elections and said parliament must take action on it, otherwise, the elections could be delayed.