ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly session yesterday witnessed intense rumpus after the speaker refused to allow PTI raise a privilege motion against the prime minister, resulting in adjournment of the proceedings.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf, which returned to the assembly after ending its boycott, wanted to bring in the issue of PM Nawaz Sharif’s alleged lying to the Parliament over London flats, on the first day of 38th NA session.

Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah strongly criticised the prime minister for his lawyer’s terming his statement given to parliament mere a ‘political statement’.

“Each word uttered in the house has much importance, as we (politicians) have faced difficulties for restoration of democracy in the country,” Shah said while speaking on the point of order.

Shah asked the chair to accept PPP’s adjournment motion against the prime minister and referred it to the ‘privilege committee’. But Speaker Ayaz Sadiq rejected it out rightly.

“I reject this privilege motion... This is purely a subjudice matter,” he said while responding to opposition leader after his speech. He also thrice interrupted Khrusheed Shah not to speak on the matter.

The situation turned noisy when speaker, after Shah’s address, did not give floor to PTI’s parliamentary leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi to speak on the issue of PM’s alleged lying. The chair, amid severe protest, kept ensuring PTI to give them floor after Saad Rafique.

But PTI members started intense sloganeering against the PM: “Gali Gali may shor hai, Nawaz Sharif chor hai (Everyone’s saying PM is a thief).”

The treasury members responded by chanting the same slogan with a slight change: “Gali Gali may shor hai, Imran Khan chor hai.”

The hullabaloo continued for over half an hour. PTI MNAs had the support of Independent MNA Jamshed Dasti and AML Chief Sheikh Rahsid Ahmed in their verbal charge against the treasury.

PTI members huddled around the speaker’s dais to force him to give them floor to raise the issue of PM’s alleged lying on the floor of the house.

The PTI MNAs also tore apart copies of Question-Hour and kept throwing it in air. Even a book of ‘Rules and Procedure’ was also twice thrown in the air, as the House staff was seen collecting the book and pieces of papers.

However, rest of the opposition parties members - including those of PPP - remained in their seats and did not resort to shouting and sloganeering until the speaker adjourned the house until today (Thursday) evening.

Earlier, the speaker suspended the proceedings for 15 minutes when PTI’s MNAs with their slogans made it impossible to run the house. But this break could not prove fruitful as PTI members again did not let Railways Minister Saad Rafique speak after the break.

Earlier, Khursheed Shah in his speech recounted that the Parliament had come under attack in 2014 (by the PTI and PAT) but the whole opposition stood unified in its defence.

“We were openly criticised for that and labelled as friendly opposition,” he said while criticising the prime minister for adopting two different stances at two important places (National Assembly and Supreme Court). He also read out the replies of PM’s counsel submitted in the apex court.

“It means political statements should not be considered as record for courts... Is politics a game of lying?” he questioned in an emotional tone.

Opposition leader amid interruption of the speaker also commented that the Parliament is the supreme institution, even superior to the judiciary, for it represents the will of the people. “It is shocking that an elected prime minister has given this reply in the court,” Shah said.

Shah apparently hinting at the PML-N said: “People have started gossiping that now we have our chief justice”. However, when Speaker Ayaz Sadiq criticised his remarks, Khursheed Shah rushed to condemn this kind of ‘thinking approach’.

“One should not tell a lie (in any situation because it’s bad)... (But) it’s worse to tell a lie on the floor of the house,” he said, criticising the prime minister for hiding behind a Qatari Prince.

Railways Minister Saad Rafique, who was twice given floor but could not speak much due to sloganeering, said: “PTI MNAs ended their boycott only for the sake of salaries. This is not democracy, we will not accept this rowdy behaviour.”

PTI had also submitted privilege and adjournment motions against the prime minister. The privilege motion stated: “This is the issue of the prime minister’s lying on the floor of the Parliament on May 16 when he had spoken on the Panama Leaks issue.”

Earlier, the House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly decided to continue the current session till 21st of December 2016.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 38th session of the NA.

The representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the house.

Shah apparently hinting at the PML-N said: “People have started gossiping that now we have our chief justice”. However, when Speaker Ayaz Sadiq criticised his remarks, Khursheed Shah rushed to condemn this kind of ‘thinking approach’.

“One should not tell a lie (in any situation because it’s bad)... (But) it’s worse to tell a lie on the floor of the house,” he said, criticising the prime minister for hiding behind a Qatari Prince.

Railways Minister Saad Rafique, who was twice given floor but could not speak much due to sloganeering, said: “PTI MNAs ended their boycott only for the sake of salaries. This is not democracy, we will not accept this rowdy behaviour.”

PTI had also submitted privilege and adjournment motions against the prime minister. The privilege motion stated: “This is the issue of the prime minister’s lying on the floor of the Parliament on May 16 when he had spoken on the Panama Leaks issue.”

Earlier, the House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly decided to continue the current session till 21st of December 2016.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 38th session of the NA.

The representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the house.