KARACHI - Keeping its commitment to give tough time to the Pakistan People’s Party government in Sindh Assembly after the ruling party supported a resolution against MQM chief Altaf Hussain, the MQM MPs on Monday left no stone unturned to mar the assembly proceedings.

They tried to disrupt the proceedings first through their protest against the alleged extra-judicial killing of their missing activist M Hashim and then through tabling a resolution against the speech of PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

The proceedings started late on Monday at 11:40am. MQM lawmaker Zafar Kamali while asking for prayer said the House should pray for destruction of those who acted against the unity of the country in 1971 and raised the slogan of “Idhar Tum---Udhar Hum”. This statement from Kamali prompted the PPP lawmakers to stand from their seats and protest against the remarks which were later expunged by the speaker.

After the prayers, the MQM leader and Opposition leader in Sindh Assembly, Khawaja Izharul Hassan asked the speaker to give two minutes to Azeem Farooqui - a party leader- in order to inform the Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, who was present in the assembly, regarding the alleged extrajudicial killing of a missing MQM activist M Hashim.

However, Parliamentary Affairs and Coastal Development Minister Sikander Mandhro and Sindh Information and Archives Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro opposed the move. They said the government would itself investigate the issue and would also take input from the MQM. “We will inform about every progress to the MQM lawmakers and, like them, we are also grieved over this killing,” they said. This response, however, did not pacify the MQM lawmakers and they started gathering in front of the speaker’s dice and chanted slogans in favour of the party and against the extra-judicial killing of their activists.

In the meantime, one of the MQM lawmaker, Zafar Kamali came in front of the chief minister chair, causing a slight scuffle between him and PPP lawmaker Sattar Rajpar. Later, the PPP and MQM lawmakers also came face-to-face with each other, forcing the speaker to adjourn the session for 10 minutes. The CM also left the assembly hall and later came after the question and answer session of the assembly.

The session started after the adjournment and the proceedings continued peacefully over the Speaker’s assurance that he would allow MQM to speak over the issue after the agenda is completed. Speaking on the scuffle, Information Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said the protest was part of parliamentary practice but it does not allow anyone to threaten the chair of the leader of the House.

“The lawmakers are allowed to express their feelings in words,” he said, adding the chief minister is not a king but there is a decorum not only for the leader of the House but also for the leader of opposition and it should be maintained. He said the protest in front of the CM could also be termed an attack on the chief minister, however, he would not say things in such a manner.

Khawaja Izhar said he condemned of what happened in the session but if anyone would talk that these things had not happened in past than he should remember that lawmakers had even broke chairs and stand on their dice for protest in past.

Peace in the house did not lasted long and again MQM lawmaker M Hussain first tried to speak over the issue during the call attention notices of Nusrat Sehar Bano and Mehtab Akber Rashidi and privilege motion of Khairunnisa Mughal. Soon after it, during an adjournment motion of Heer Soho, she tried to read out a resolution against PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, causing uproar from the treasury benches and forcing the speaker to adjourn the session for Tuesday without completion of the agenda.

The MQM lawmakers continued to raise slogans of Go Zardari Go and Go Imran Go after the adjournment till the CM again left the assembly hall.

Other than the protest, the assembly on Monday took up the question and answers session and call attention notices.

Speaking over call attention notice of PML-F legislator Nusrat Sehar Bano regarding the relief camps established in the province during the recent floods, Revenue Minister Makhdoom Jamiluz Zaman said earlier the revenue department and Provincial Disaster Management Authority carried out separate relief activities but this time, the entire process is being done by the PDMA with the support of the Revenue Department. “We have established 346 relief camps in the province which were providing every facility to the flood-affectees,” he said.