Opposition parties in the Senate boycotted President address
ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties in the Senate boycotted President Mamnoon Hussain’s constitutionally mandated address to the Parliament, Monday.
Lawmakers belonging to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) and Awami National Party (ANP) staged walk out from the house citing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s absence from Senate for the entire parliamentary year.
Speaking to media persons outside the Parliament House, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, who is also senior PPP leader, said the PM made a word record for attending the Senate session throughout the year.
“I will suggest Mr. Shahbaz Sharif that he must record his brother’s name in the Guinness Book of World Records,” Ahsan taunted, citing Nawaz Sharif’s non-attendance.
Earlier, PML-N leaders Ishaq Dar, Ahsan Iqbal and Zahid Hamid made an attempt to persuade the opposition members, but to no avail.
In his constitutionally mandated address, the president said continuity of democracy was important for the country’s progress and stressed that all state institutions must work within the ambit of Constitution.