Rein in un-Parliamentary flare-ups in NA
Wday HAT happened on the floor of the National Assembly on Wednes
sent highly dismaying signals to people of Pakistan about level and approach of some Parliamentarians. A Federal Minister used highly derogatory remarks about a female lawmaker, which were in the politest terms un-Parliamentary, uncultured and insulting and the Speaker justifiably had to expunge them from the record of the proceedings.
No doubt, the attitude of PTI’s Shirin Mazari provoked Khawaja Muhammad Asif, who felt distracted from his speech because of unrestrained shrilling on the part of the former, but the way he reacted was also unfortunate and by doing so he not only harmed his own image but that of the party as well. It is job of the Opposition to criticize and use different tactics to squeeze the treasury members while remaining within the Parliamentary norms and the treasury members especially Ministers are supposed to exercise maximum restraint and respond to such situations in a calm manner. Ministers and Parliamentarians must be a role model in every respect and they should be cautious enough in choice of words. This should be particularly so when it comes to making remarks about women as our religion and societal norms tell us to treat them with respect and dignity. One is shocked to hear foul remarks from a person of the stature of Khawaja Asif, who is scion of a noble soul Khawaja Muhammad Safdar and hails from the city of Allama Iqbal. His party – PML(N) – too is perceived to be a party of comparatively well mannered and cultured members and therefore, conduct of every member and worker should strengthen this impression.
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