New provinces: MQM threatens to boycott National Assembly session

Friday, January 6th, 2012 1:00:12 by


ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) threatened to boycott the National Assembly session which is currently underway, Express News reported on Friday.

During yesterday’s session, several MQM and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) members raised slogans slated with the word “debate” — supporting the creation of Seraiki and Hazara provinces. The party’s stance met with firm resistance from the Pakistan Muslim League Nwaz (PML-N), with Chaudhry Nisar stating that “a  party in Karachi cannot make provinces in other provinces.”

The Awami National Party (ANP) has also criticised the MQM’s position on the matter, casting doubts over the party’s sincerity towards the creation of new provinces.

“If you [MQM] hate Pakhtuns then how you can be sincere in your demands of a Hazara province,”  said ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan, who later staged a walkout claiming that proceedings were not held under parliamentary norms.

The session being held today (Friday) continues yesterday’s Assembly debate on the creation of new provinces which resulted in flaring tempers, dramatic walkouts, and chaos in the Assembly. The situation deteriorated to a point where Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi was forced to suspend proceedings to calm tempers.

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