ISLAMABAD – The vote of confidence for PM Imran Khan is indeed a major event in political history, but the dramatic scenes of clashes outside the parliament building distracted media attention.
With the PML-N winning the vote of confidence, there was debate in the media whether the attack on the PML-N leadership was a deliberate attempt. The statements of lawmakers from both sides clearly reflect their intention to lock horns in parliament at the upcoming National Assembly session.
The blame game will intensify in the coming days as the latter has decided to transfer the complaint to the Assembly Secretariat, background discussions with MPs from both sides left this impression.
A drama was witnessed outside the Parliament Building amidst a special National Assembly session being held for a vote of confidence for Prime Minister Imran Khan, as PTI workers and opposition leaders PML-N grapple with each other.
Slogans between a large number of PTI workers and a handful of PML-N supporters were seen outside the DPR building, as the chaotic situation became increasingly difficult to control. NA chairman Asad Qaiser condemned the incident and immediately ordered a complete investigation. However, he did not announce the formation of a proper parliamentary body.
PML-N senior lawmaker Riaz Pirzada blamed the government for causing chaos outside parliament to insult opposition lawmakers. “The nomads attacked opposition lawmakers, who need to be properly investigated,” Pirzada said while speaking to the newspaper.
“The Prime Minister gave a lecture on morality and at the same time opposition members were beaten outside parliament,” commented MNA PML-N. He said there was a need to investigate the incident because the debate also had to be organized at home.
On the other hand, lawmakers on the government side blamed the opposition for deliberately wreaking havoc outside parliament to attract attention on the day of the vote of confidence. “They deliberately provoke our workers, commit violence as seen in the video and then try to play the victim card! That’s ridiculous !, ”said PTI senior member / Minister of Human Rights Dr. Thirteen Mazari, speaking to The Nation. The minister said he had been the victim of abuse by the PML-N minister in the national assembly. “I have been the victim of harassment by the PMLN minister in NA who was protected by the then Chairman who refused to make him apologize,” the minister said, noting that everyone knows the culture of PML-N.
Political and parliamentary experts believe that the opposition will immediately submit a list of requests at the Secretariat of the National Assembly with a view to initiating debate over the incident. In fact, the government will try to keep the trial on schedule. Debates about fights in parliament always don’t end in parliament without consensus, so it is unlikely to start discussions on this matter.