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Opposition won’t sit in Assembly if Speaker keeps acting as ‘selected’, Said Asif Zardari

ISLAMABAD: Former President and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s production order on Saturday became ineffective after the last session of budget concluded in the Parliament.


Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique remained absent from the National Assembly on the concluding day of the budget session. “The NA speaker had issued their production orders to take part in the proceedings, but they did not attend the session”, he said while speaking in the National Assembly.


It was stated that Zardari’s arrest was put on hold for the budget session and it was nullified with the conclusion of Parliamentary session. Former President to stay in the custody of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) till the issuance of new production order.


It has been informed that Zardari’s will be issued new production order for the sessions of Standing Committee.


Talking to the media, Zardari asserted that Asad Qaiser should act as a Speaker rather than being a selected Speaker in the National Assembly. “All of it was executed as a master plan,” he added. He added that Opposition will not sit in the Assembly if he continues running the House like this as it does not matter anything this way.


PPP co-chairman said that he opposes PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto views regarding Speaker. Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Butto Zardari said it does not seem that government is furious because public is crying due to poor economic policies but bigger problem for the government is that why someone called them selected and liar. He said the decision about the midterm election should be made by rehbar committee of opposition.


Bilawal expressed, “I personally respect speaker Asad Qaiser but this is a problem of custodian of the house.” He said I wrote a letter to speaker as chairman of human rights committee, adding that the letter was received by his office but speaker denies that.”


Asif Ali Zardari was transferred from the House to the NAB’s office.

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