Alvi’s speech marred by raucous opp protest

The opposition on Monday lodged a loud protest during President Arif Alvi’s annual address to the joint sitting of parliament, with several happenings witnessed for the first time in the country’s parliamentary history such as the media being stopped from coverage of proceedings and the closure of the main gate of the House

The president’s address marked the start of the fourth year of the parliamentary year of the National Assembly

As Alvi started his address, the opposition members encircled the dais holding banners and started raising slogans against the government and the prime minister

The opposition banners read: “Attack on free press unacceptable, stop economic murder of people, martial law on media and PMDA rejected

” Read Alvi hints at conditional amnesty for TTP members It was witnessed for the first time that the media was restrained from covering the proceedings of the House and the entrance gate of the press gallery was kept closed

The journalists, then, staged a sit-in at gate no1 of the House

It was also seen for the first time that the main gate of parliament was kept closed during the president’s address and the way leading to the prime minister’s house was used for the arrival of MPs and guests

Prime Minister Imran Khan had reached the Parliament 10 minutes before the start of the session

On his arrival, the treasury members accorded the premier a warm welcome by thumping their desks

Later, the opposition members staged a walkout from the House during the president’s address

The session held under the chairmanship of NA Speaker Asad Qaiser was attended by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, all provincial chief ministers and governors, services chiefs, AJK President Barrister Sultan Mahmood, G-B Governor Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon, G-B Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid and ambassadors of foreign countries

Also read ‘No compromise on sovereignty,’ vow President Alvi and PM Imran It was reported that the government had issued a limited number of press cards due to which several journalists could not enter the Parliament House

Speaking on the occasion, the PRA representative maintained that the government had not issued press gallery cards to the journalists who cover parliament’s proceedings and instead had given them to other people

PPP leader Sherry Rehman observed that for the first time in the history of the country, parliament’s press gallery was closed for the media persons

She condemned the act asking what fears the “destructive government” had from journalists and pointed out that the “press gallery was not closed even during the rule of dictators”

Date:15-Sep-2021 Reference:View Original Link