PTI lawmakers beat up ‘rebel’ MPAs in Sindh Assembly

F.P. Report

KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers attacked enraged party lawmakers during an ongoing session of the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday after their refusal to vote for the party candidates in the Senate elections.

The three MPAs including Aslam Abro, Shehryar Shar and Karim Bakhsh Gabol had earlier announced that they will vote as per their aspirations. When the “rebel” PTI members entered the Sindh Assembly, they were attacked by the PTI MPAs and the situation got worse when the Pakistan Peoples Party lawmakers tried to defuse the situation.

A video of PPP leader Sharmila Farooqi running frantically across the Sindh Assembly started doing the rounds on social media, as MPAs of the PTI clashed with one another. According to the PPP lawmaker, she ran to call security “to save the poor MPA from being beaten to death!”

Abro spoke to the media and said they have made it clear to everyone that they will not vote along the party lines. He alleged that Senate tickets were sold and that they do not agree to the selection of Saifullah Abro and Faisal Vawda. “We were not kidnapped,” he said.

Speaking to news men outside the assembly, Opposition Leader Haleem Adil Sheikh accused that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders have abducted Shehryar Shar and Aslam Abro and tried to kidnap Karim Gabol. Accusing PPP MPAs Burhan Chandio and Taimoor Talpur, Haleem Adil Sheikh threatened to lodge FIR if the situation continues to remain violent.

On Monday last, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPAs from Sindh Sardar Muhammad Khan Shar and Karim Bux Gabol had denied the statement of PTI leader Khurrum Sher Zaman about the “abduction” of party lawmakers ahead of the Senate elections.

In a video shared on social media, the PTI MPA Sardar Muhammad Khan Shar had said that MPAs were not kidnapped by anyone and they are sitting at their homes.