Govt, PPP members clash in NA over probe into journalist’s murder

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Monday witnessed a ruckus over the issue of investigation into the murder of a journalist in Sindh as members of the ruling coalition urged NA Speaker Asad Qaiser to order an inquiry into the incident either through a parliamentary committee or a federal agency, while the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) opposed the idea, terming it an interference in the provincial authority.

PPP members also raised the issue of killing of six people due to leakage of mysterious gas in Karachi’s Keamari area and questioned the federal government’s silence over the issue, alleging that the maritime affairs ministry was trying to hush up the matter as the gas had leaked from the Karachi Port.

The National Assembly also passed three government bills with a majority vote as the opposition protested against the ruling party for doing legislation in haste and relying on presidential ordinances for it.

The issue of the murder of TV journalist Aziz Memon in Mehrabpur (Sindh) came under discussion in the assembly after reporters covering the proceedings staged a walkout from the Press Gallery.