National Assembly session ends in chaos as gov't members chant slogans against opposition leader

ISLAMABAD: The session of the National Assembly descended into utter disorder, marred by chants and slogans from the treasury benches against the opposition leader.

Chaos continued in the House as Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri repeatedly urged Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif to start his speech on the federal budget.

Members of the government chanted slogans against the opposition leader as he continued to try to speak—an episode which lasted more than 45 minutes as the opposition leader stood up and sat back down several times.

The session comes after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government presented the federal budget in the National Assembly on Wednesday, its first budget since coming to power in July. But there was pandemonium in the lower house as opposition benches erupted in outrage.

Friday’s session was subsequently adjourned until Monday as the deputy speaker failed to bring order to the house.