Karachi: Three opposition parties, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) boycotted the Sindh Assembly here Monday when the speaker turn down their request to consider their resolution out of turn.
These parties wanted to table a resolution against Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain for his objectionable statement against the Pakistan Army; however, the speaker, Agha Siraj Durrani, did not gave the permission to table the resolution out of turn, saying he would finish the agenda of the day first and then consider other matters.
On this the members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) strongly protested and chanted slogans before the dais of the speaker and later boycotted the House. However, Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) during this protest sat quietly.
Later, Sindh Minister for Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon also condemned, though mildly, the objectionable statement of MQM leader Altaf Hussain. He, however, praised that Altaf Hussain had sought apology. On this occasion, also the MQM members sat quietly.
Later, talking to media outside the assembly hall, PML-N, PML-F and PTI members said that both the PPPP and MQM joined hands to foil their bid to table a condemnation resolution against Alfat Hussain. They alleged that both the PPPP and MQM were the two faces of same coin and their politics is based on vested political interests. They blamed that these both parties did not believe in the politics of principles.
However, on the issue of the condemnation resolution against Alfat Hussain, the opposition in Sindh Assembly seemed visibly divided with PPPP supporting the MQM..
Interestingly, it was the first day when new opposition leader in Sindh Assembly Khuwaja Izharul Hassan sat on the chair of the leader of the opposition.