PESHAWAR - After holding successful negotiations with a delegation of treasury benches, opposition parties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Friday formally ended boycott of the House proceedings.

The joint opposition comprising JUI-F, PML-N, ANP, PPP and QWP had been boycotting the House for the last two-day to protest the misconduct demonstrated by Provincial Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE) Shah Farman and Parliamentary Secretary Fazl-e-Elahi with PPP Woman MPA Nighat Orakzai.

To pursues opposition to end the boycott, Speaker Asad Qaiser constituted a committee consisting of Senior Ministers Shahram Khan Tarakai, Inayatullah Khan and Provincial Ministers Mushtaq Ghani, Shah Farman and Parliamentary Secretary Fazl-e-Elahi and before the start of proceedings, the committee went to opposition chamber and requested them to end the boycott.

Taking the floor, Opposition Leader Maulana Lutfur Rehman said that every legislator should have to uphold sanctity of the House. He said that they staged the boycott just to ensure respect of the House in future.

He said that arguments should be made on the basis of solid reasons to run the proceedings of the House smoothly. Welcoming the joining by opposition lawmakers, Provincial Minister Inayatullah said the government considered opposition as an important organ of the assembly because they have been elected by the people of province.

He said the assembly is like a jirga of KP people where issues of masses are discussed and then measures are taken accordingly.

Inayatullah suggested that a committee comprising both treasury and opposition members to draft code of conduct to be followed by all members. The speaker welcomed the suggestion and assured to hold a meeting with all parliamentary leaders on the issue.

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunhwa Assembly expressed its grief over loss of lives in a tragic road accident near Khairpur in Sindh that claimed 57 lives and offered Fateha for them.

The House also strongly condemned killing of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Leader Fazl-e-Hayat Chattan by unknown assailants in Swat.

The members termed the killing an attack on political set-up and urged the provincial government to chalk out a strategy to curb such incidents in future. The House also offered Fateha for the soul of killed PPP leader and Swat victims and urged the government to announce compensation for the bereaved families of Swat. Later the speaker adjourned the sitting till Monday afternoon.