Former ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has ended its boycott of the joint sitting of the Parliament and attended the session to register its protest against the delay in the elections of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies.
Parliament’s two houses assembled for a joint session to discuss the ongoing political and economic crisis, and PTI lawmakers were there as well.
During the session, PTI lawmakers caused commotion to disrupt the proceedings, trading blows with treasury benches for causing chaos in a crisis-hit nation. Government and PTI lawmakers marred the session by sloganeering against each other despite warnings from the speaker.
Even the opposition’s legislators were threatened by Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf with disqualification from speaking time if they continued to interrupt Asad Mehmood’s remarks. It was reported that a number of Imran Khan-led party leaders carried placards into the chamber and protested in front of the speaker’s dais.
Among other members, PTI Senators Waleed Iqbal, Saifullah Abro, and Fawzia Arshad were present.
The communications minister attacked judges for their alleged bias towards one political party in his remarks.
In a no-confidence vote, Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf lawmakers participated in the first session of Parliament after Imran Khan’s resignation in April of last year. Before that, PTI mass-resigned from the lower house of the legislature in opposition to the former premier’s resignation.