PM asks PTI seniors to make SOPs for smooth working in NA

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed his senior party leadership to make new SOPs for smooth conduct of parliamentary proceedings of Parliament in future, under which, he said, rowdy scenes of Tuesday in the National Assembly are not repeated.

The Prime Minister remained active on Wednesday to defuse the high political temperature in Islamabad due to the extraordinary fight between PTI and PML-N lawmakers and directed the Speaker National Assembly to play an active role in maintaining parliamentary discipline in the house. Credible sources told The Nation that Prime Minister Imran Khan held long meetings with his lawmakers, Ministers Asad Omer, Amir Dogar, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Speaker Asad Qaiser and directed them to immediately draft SOPs/rules for maintaining discipline and prevention of fighting in the current session and in the future. The PM directed his team to get the budget passed before June 30.

“Whatever happened in the house was most regrettable and it should not have happened, and I urge PTI MNAs not to indulge in confrontation with opposition and get the budget passed”, PM Khan said while talking to a number of Parliamentarians who called on him here yesterday.

However, the Prime Minister made it clear that the government could not be blackmailed by opposition in the house and would respond to their allegations.

Imran Khan regrets ugly scenes in NA

He directed his lawmakers to continue raising their voice against opposition within the parliamentary norms.

The Prime Minister said it’s difficult for the opposition to digest and accept one of the most balanced federal budgets in recent years by the PTI government and that is why they (opposition) are making hue and cry and the government would not come under their pressure.

The sources said, while talking to NA speaker Asad Qaiser, the Prime Minister lauded his role and directed him to immediately woo opposition leadership in the largest interest of continuation of parliamentary democracy.

The sources said so far there is no success in wooing the opposition as the opposition has decided to boycott all government called parliamentary committees and meetings.

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