Najam Sethi slapped by Javed Hashmi





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Uploaded on Dec 30, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Dec 29: Veteran politician Javed Hashmi said a formal goodbye to the National Assembly on Thursday with a double blow: blaming perceived wrongs of his former party and parliament for switching loyalties from the Pakistan Muslim League-N to Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf.

But the blow was only partly returned when he had left the house after delivering his resignation as lower house member as a consequence of leaving the PML-N and a long speech that showed him overtaken by a sense of self-righteousness.

The PML-N ignored the criticism, except for what appeared to be a personal attack on a prominent party lawmaker, and instead turned its anger to the government by staging a token walkout and promising more and stronger protests later against electricity cuts and gas shortages.

But the PPP chief whip, Religious Affairs Minister Khurshid Ahmed Shah, defended what he saw as an extraordinary performance of the present parliament during nearly four years of its life and also took the PML-N to task for proposing a one-month closure of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations for January at a meeting of a house standing committee but protesting in the house against a similar statement attributed to Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain.

Javed Hashmi resigned from the National Assembly seat he won in the 2008 election on PML-N ticket as a mandatory follow-up of his announcement to leave the party.

He had also announced in Sunday's PTI public rally in Karachi that his daughter Maimoona Hashmi, elected on PML-N ticket to a reserved seat for women, would also resign. But it was not immediately clear whether she had submitted her resignation to the assembly secretariat though she had come to the house earlier in the evening with her father.


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