ISLAMABAD - Opposition on Monday staged a walkout from the National Assembly against the biased approach of Deputy Speaker on ignoring PPP’s amendment in concluding speech of Presidential debate.

The opposition parties challenged the chair (Deputy Speaker) for not including the remarks of PPP lawmaker Shazia Marri in which she ostensibly denied government’s claims for providing relief to masses and bringing positive changes in its era.

Marri, having all the support from opposition benches, proposed to add ‘hoping that soon Pakistan’s reality will reflect the words of honourable President’.

She moved amendment under rules and procedure-64 , which says ‘amendment may be moved to a motion of thanks in such form as may considered appropriate by the speaker’.

“You (chair) have allowed me to move this amendment. I feel the speech was not based on reality but we (opposition members) wish that it becomes reality,” said PPP’s lawmaker Shazia Marri, apparently remarked that a rosy picture was painted by the government about ongoing situation of country.

Deputy speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, after denial from Minister of State for Parliamentary Affiars Sheikh Aftab to include PPP’s amendment words, put the matter to vote in the house.

Opposition seemingly confident for having comparatively large strength in the house during voting shocked to listen equal number from both sides of the aisle. “What you are waiting for Mr. Speaker announce the result,” said an opposition member PTI’s Shireen Mazari before the announcement of result.

Deputy speaker announced that both opposition and treasury at the time of counting have equal (34) strength. “I under article-55 casting my vote, so amendment is rejected,” said Murtaza Javed Abbasi, inviting rumpus in the house from opposition benches.

The article-64 about ‘voting in assembly’ says, “Subject to the constitution, all decision voting in the National Assembly shall be taken by majority Assembly of the members present and voting and presiding shall not vote except in case of equality of votes.”

The opposition members raised slogans of ‘No-No’ and left the house in protest. Even, opposition leader himself found counting the lawmakers in the house. “I was not expecting this attitude from chair. We (opposition) have reservations as we never adopted such attitude against chair,” he said and announced to walkout against the chair (Deputy Speaker) attitude.

Defending his remarks, deputy speaker said he had declared the result after transparent counting. “I under article-55 used my privilege so rejected the amendment,” he said.

Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah, talking to media, after the adjournment of NA sitting said that opposition has decided to walkout proceedings of the house when deputy speaker would chair the house. “At the time of counting 39 opposition members were in the house while 34 member of government there,” he said.

Earlier, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab concluding the debate said that incumbent government brought significant positive changes in law and order. “Now law and order situation in Karachi and other parts of the country has improved,” he said, adding that China Pakistan Economic Corridor will bring positive changes in the country. “Like Sher Shah Soori, people will remember Nawaz Sharif for his reforms, including Motorways,” he said, adding that people of country are praying for his next 20 years rule. He was of the view that Public Sector Entities (PSEs) are fast improving with the efforts of PML-N government.

Taking part in debate, a treasury member from JUI-F Maulana Jamaluddin said national census would be much difficult in Waziristan and other agencies. “How this government will carry out census for IDP’s, as its near to impossible,” he added.

He demanded more funds for development of tribal areas and called for speedy rehabilitation of IDPs to their homes.

Responding to points of orders by Dr Arif Alvi and Shazia Marri, Chairperson Prime Minister’s Youth Programme Leila Khan clarified that provinces are getting quota of loans under PM’s Youth Business Loans according to NFC.

Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Maryam Aurangzeb , responding to call-attention notice, told the House that an integrated border management system is to be introduced at Torkham soon to check against illegal movements.