Imran Khan can’t be called ‘selected PM’ in NA but it becomes a top Twitter trend

National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri bars MNAs from using 'selected PM' for Imran Khan.

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  • National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri bars lawmakers from using  ‘selected PM’ for Imran Khan.
  • ”The house will not tolerate any insult to the elected members”, said Deputy Speaker said. 
  • Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Khusro Bakhtiar spoke about the imperative need for the government and opposition to sign a ‘charter of economy’.

Lawmakers in the Lower House of Parliament are asked to not use the word ‘selected PM’ for the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri issued the ruling on Sunday, saying that using this word for an elected member is an insult to the entire house.

“The members of the assembly have been elected through votes and the house will not tolerate any insult to them,” he said in the NA session which was conducted on Sunday to compensate for the lost time due to protests from the opposition.

Deputy speaker added that using the word for the leader of the house is against the rules of procedure and conduct of business. He added that calling Prime Minister ‘selected PM’ is not only insulting and offensive to him but the entire house.

The NA session continued among the fiery speeches, defense, and criticism of the Budget 2019-20. Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Khusro Bakhtiar specifically spoke about the desperate need for government and opposition to sign a ‘charter of economy’.


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‘Charter of economy’ is a recent proposal floated by the opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif to take the country out of financial crisis and pave the way towards economic stability so Pakistan doesn’t go to IMF in future.

During the aggressive debate, the Deputy Speaker asked the respective members of the house to not use ‘selected’ for the PM as it is ‘insulting’. However, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has challenged the ‘legality’ of the proposed ban.

MNAs barred from using the word but it becomes a top trend on Twitter

Though lawmakers have been banned from using the word ‘selected’ for Prime Minister, it remained a top trend on Pakistani Twitter today.

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