ISLAMABAD - MQM, the coalition partner in the PPP-led federal government, on Wednesday boycotted the National Assembly proceedings against the hike petroleum products prices and loadshedding in Karachi. Senior leader of MQM Waseem Akhtar came down hard on the govt as well as on opposition for neglecting the issues directly affecting peoples lives and said that the boycott would continue till the decrease in the POL prices. Later, the MQM legislators left the floor of the House. Meanwhile, PM Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that the Parliament is a supreme institution and needs to be more effective while adding that the government is determined to resolve the problems being faced by the people. He said that the government is ready to have a comprehensive debate on issues of public importance including foreign policy, economy, strategic dialogue, minority, women, food and agriculture and would welcome suggestions from the members from both sides. The parliamentarians should use the set procedure to take up the public issues rather than speaking on point of order. It will enable the ministers to take questions regarding their responsibilities and reply accordingly, the PM said. Referring to the performance of National Assembly, he said that it was a sovereign House, which made record legislation during the last two-and-a-half years and almost all bills were passed unanimously. He dispelled the impression of some members that the National Assembly has become a debating society and said it has discussed all important issues and took major decisions in the greater national interest. He said that it is the responsibility of its members to take the business of the House seriously and make the National Assembly more effective. Minister for State on Interior Tasneem Qureshi, while responding to a calling attention notice regarding shifting of NADRA office from Narang Mandi to Muridkay, said that the NADRA was facing shortage of staff due to heavy load of preparing Watan Cards. He assured that after completion of the work, the NADRA office would again be shifted to Narang Mandi. The House also passed the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill 2008 while a bill regarding National Defence University was deferred.