The National Assembly witnessed a tumultuous past five years during which various political parties engaged in heated arguments over controversial issues leading to several politically significant events both inside and outside the House.
Starting from the 2014 sit-in led by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf against alleged rigging during the 2013 General elections, the National Assembly saw some of the most heated arguments leading to the recent ouster of former premier Nawaz Sharif over the Panama controversy.
Fiery speeches by PPP’s Aitzaz Ahsan left a mark during the five-year proceedings as the legislator left no stone unturned to take the government to task.
Imran Khan’s rare appearances in the House served to turn the proceedings even more eventful. The notorious expression by Khawaja Asif ‘koi haya hoti hai, koi sharam hoti hai’ targeting Khan was widely picked up by mainstream and social media with political opponents using the same to make political statements.
However, Khan used his recent presence in the National Assembly to point that the same member was unable to sit in the House owing to his disqualification by the Islamabad High Court.
The last budget session in the National Assembly witnessed a brawl between PTI’s Murad Saeed and PMLN legislators during the presentation of the annual budget. Saeed’s incident overshadowed the budget presentation the same day with both the opposition and the government benches blaming each other for the quarrel.
Asif’s heated argument with Shireen Mazari following unparliamentary language stirred a debate not just inside the House but also outside regarding the conduct of parliamentarians and their ethics.
Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech regarding the Panama Papers controversy left the House in an even greater turmoil after the Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah expressed dissatisfaction over the explanation, opening the House to a more intense debate on the subject.