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Fawad accuses Mehmood Achakzai of anti-state talk


ISLAMABAD: Senate once again saw war of words and opposition walkout after Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday continued attacks on opposition—this time on Pushtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Achakzai.
Speaking in the upper house, Fawad accused Achakzai of robbing the country and making anti-state statements, resulting in strong response from PkMAP senator Usman Kakar.
Fawad also said Achakzai appointed his brother as governor Balochistan.
Kakar accused Fawad of ‘licking the boots of’ former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani intervened and more than once asked Fawad to not use “unparliamentary” language, saying that running the House is government’s responsibility and it needs to exercise greater tolerance towards opposition.
Fawad, however, continued with his accusations and asked why opposition members are reminded of decorum of the House only when corruption cases are discussed.
He also demanded that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Senator Mushahidullah Khan apologise for impolite comments against Fawad and his family made on Monday in the House.
Sanjrani eventually turned off the mic of Fawad as opposition members started a walkout.
Later, Mushahidullah and Fawad shook hands and called a truce.