KARACHI: The opposition and treasury benches in the Sindh Assembly on Saturday were up in arms against each other after Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) MPA Nusrat Seher Abbasi waved her shoe at Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza.
The PML-F MPA took off her shoe and showed it to the deputy speaker following an argument between opposition parties regarding the budget. Shocked by Abbasi’s move, Shehla asked her to leave the assembly premises.
“Nusrat Seher Abbasi will not attend the assembly session today,” Shehla said. “Nusrat has issues and she has proven that she is not worthy of sitting in this assembly,” she added. “This is no way to behave. To show a shoe is a crime not a mistake,” she said, adding that “for the past five days all that has happened in the assembly is drama”.
Lashing out at Nusrat Abbasi, the deputy speaker said, “Today, the PML-F MPA is famous for her misbehaviour.”
“If women from opposition parties are creating noise in the House, then women from the ruling party should respond,” she said questioning why female MPAs of Pakistan People’s Party are quiet.
“A conspiracy is being hatched to show politicians in a bad light,” said PPP leader Manzoor Wassan, as he slammed Nusrat for her misbehaviour.
Wassan added, “The world is watching what is happening in the assembly.” The PPP MPA said, “By raising a shoe, Abbasi has disrespected the assembly.”
“In Balochistan Assembly a similar incident also happened,” he further said adding that a lot of parties want to destroy the assembly’s peaceful environment.
Further, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan condemned the incident.
“I condemn whatever happened in the assembly today,” Hasan said.