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Rare occurrence: Sadiq the first NA speaker to expunge PM remarks

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From Wasim Kambo

ISLAMABAD: In a rear happening, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq yesterday expunged a comment made by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in his speech in National Assembly, in which, he asked Ayaz to allow speaking those “who are feeling pain in their stomach.”

No other NA Speaker in the Parliamentary history had done so. Abbasi uttered these remarks when the opposition lawmakers were speaking against the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent interview to a local newspaper. The prime minister said allow them to speak all those who are feeling pain in their belly as “My answer will silence them.”

Sensing the growing tension at the session, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq interrupted Abbasi many times but the prime minister ignored the speaker’s suggestions. When the opposition lawmakers protested against the prime minister remarks, the speaker said that the prime minister said this in the love of his Quaid (Nawaz Sharif).

However, the prime minister said he didn’t mention anyone’s name. The Speaker tried to calm down Abbasi, saying the session is being held only to approve the next year’s budget, but Abbasi said he wanted to speak for Nawaz Sharif.

It was seen first time in the parliamentary history of the country when the NA speaker repeatedly interrupted the leader of the house to avoid tension in the House.

When trade of words between the PM and the opposition members did not stop, Ayaz Sadiq himself walked to the prime minister and advised him to wind up his speech. But before the prime minister stopped, the opposition parties had walked out of the session.

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