Ruckus mars Senate session over Opp’s criticism of POL hike


ISLAMABAD: The Senate session on Monday witnessed a noisy episode when the opposition asked the government to explain why the prices of petroleum prices had increased repeatedly in the last few weeks.

In his speech, Senator Javed Abbasi lashed out at the government for ignoring the woes of the people. He criticised the government for once again dropping the ‘petrol bomb’ on the people and asked the government to explain why this had happened.

Instead of responding to Javed’s criticism, the treasury benches started a noisy protest. Leader in the House Senator Shibli Faraz said that Senator Javed Abbasi always disrupts the House’s proceedings with his antics. On this, the opposition members staged a walkout from the house.

Meanwhile, a notice inviting attention was submitted in the National Assembly Secretariat under Rule-88 by the opposition members over the recent hike in prices of petroleum products.

Key parliamentarians from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) signed the motion, demanding an urgent debate in the House over the issue. PML-N’s Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal and Marriyum Aurangzeb and PPP’s Shazia Marri signed the notice.