ISLAMABAD Terming the recent raise in Petroleum prices a bombshell for the poor civilians, the Opposition in the National Assembly Thursday staged a token walkout from the proceedings of the House. MNA Abdul Qadir Baloch, on a point of order, said that the recent hike in petroleum prices would hurt the poor civilians while the agriculture would also be hit through this step, as in the some areas of the country, which were deprived from electricity, diesel was used for tube wells. 'If the government did not take steps to reduce the prices, it may have to face such protests in the country and that would ruin the whole system. I request the legislators to join me for a token walkout, Baloch said. Earlier, Abid Sher Ali, on a point of order, said that the increase in petroleum prices would overburden the poor civilians in terms of transport also, since fares of buses and other vehicles would also be increased. Condemning the fresh increase in petroleum prices he said that due to high inflation it was hard for the common people to make both ends meet. He demanded the government take its decision back. MNA Ayaz Sadiq, also on a point of order, said that Pakistan should immediately contact neutral arbiters, to solve the water issue with India and to pressurise it for stopping the construction of Kishan-Ganga Dam. He added that if the government did not raise the issue on a higher forum, India would soon be in a position to choke our water. He said that the matter should be solved amicably otherwise there would be no solution but a nuclear war. MNA from PPP Palwasha Behram suggested reviewing the Indus Water Treaty as the water requirement of Pakistan has increased. She also demanded that the concerned minister brief the House about the recent talks held between the two countries on the water issue. Seconding Palwasha and Ayaz Sadiq, Marvi Memon, on a point of order, said that the Government should brief the House about the talks on water. She also raised the question regarding lobbying for G-8 meeting. MNA Khurram Dastgir, however, on a point of order, said that the government had not yet briefed the House about the strategic dialogue and members as well as the people of Pakistan were waiting for this briefing since the delegation returned from the Unites States. Responding to the point of order, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Malik Ammad Khan assured that National Assembly that all decisions relating to foreign affairs would be taken in countrys larger national interest. The present government is making decisions in national interest that are not only appreciated within the country but also internationally, he said. The Minister said, due to effective foreign policy, Pakistans image was improving globally. Today, neither anybody sends us a message to do more nor express mistrust. Similarly, nobody is blaming our forces and intelligence agencies of mistrust. He said that it was the policy of the government to formulate foreign policy in consultation with the House and by taking all political parties into confidence. He said that the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has also assured the House of a briefing in the presence of the Leader of the Opposition. PML-Q legislator Ameer Muqam, on a point of order, said that his party would vote against renaming of NWFP as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He added that with the decision of renaming NWFP, the protests were being held in different parts of the province. Later media persons covering the National Assembly staged a walkout from the press gallery to protest against the brutality of doctors in Lahore. They demanded action be taken against the doctors of Jinnah Hospital Lahore who thrashed journalists for covering a protest by the heirs of a woman who had died at the hospital, allegedly due to negligence of doctors. The Speaker National Assembly sent Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Syed Sumsam Bokhari, for talks with media men, who on the floor of the House condemned the incident and assured the journalists to take up the matter with the Punjab government. After the surety from the State Minister the journalist community went back to the press gallery to cover the proceedings.