KARACHI - Sindh Assembly’s budget session on Thursday witnessed a pandemonium when lawmakers from ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) used harsh words and started sucffling with each other which turned the house into a fish market.

The chair had to adjourn the session till Friday (today).

The atmosphere of the house vitiated when the PPP hawkish legislator Shamim Mumtaz while responding to the speech of MQM minority member Dewan Chand Chawla, berated the opposition for talking about party leaders in Dubai referring Asif Ali Zardari and Sharjeel Memon.

She said if the opposition (MQM) would talk about leaders in Dubai, they would also take to task those in London, referring to MQM chief Altaf Hussain.

On this, the MQM legislators rose on their seats in protest against reference as ‘London’ and ‘money laundering’ were mentioned in the speeches. They unfurled banners inscribed with anti-government slogans and also raised slogan.

The situation took an ugly turn when PPP’s Mukesh Kumar Chawla entered the arena while Farooqui was respnding over Shamim’s comments.

Opposition leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan and Syed Sardar Ahmed kept intervening to stop the scuffle. Syed Murad Ali Shah who was presiding over the session adjourned the house till Friday morning.

Meanwhile, the house resumed general discussion on budget on third consecutive day, the treasury members hailed the budget while opposition criticised the budget document.

MQM minority member Dewan Chand Chawla delivered an emotional speech. While carrying budgetary documents on his head, he said Sindh could be destroyed without an atom bomb. The hard-earned money of Sindhi people could be seen in the assembly as big Mercedes were parked in the lawn of assembly. The poor Sindhis had no power to purchase even a cycle, he said.

Chawla lamented that tall claims were made about provision of additional funds to the temples in the province. However, the funds reserved for cemetery were swallowed up. He alleged that money from Sindh was ferried to Dubai. His speech created unrest in the house.

Taking part in budget discussion, another MQM member Muhammad Rashid Khilji blamed the government for ignoring Hyderabad, the second biggest city of the province. He demanded establishment of a university in Hyderabad and a master plan for the city.

PPP lady lawmaker Seemi Soomro claimed that PPP was the only political party which had served the masses without any discrimination and that’s why the people of Sindh had always given mandate to it.

MQM lawmaker Rana Ansar said PPP had completed its hit-track of ignoring urban areas of the province. Tall claims were made for allocation of huge funds to urban areas but no development was seen on the ground, she said.

Ms Rana said either quota system should be abolished or the past 10 years record should be checked so that the real picture could emerge that whether quota system was implemented in its true spirit or not.

PPP member Syed Murad Ali Shah said though funds had been allocated in the budget in accordance with the development needs of the province but it would be better that the development schemes of assembly members should have been incorporated in the budget.

MQM member Haseeb Ahmed and Ms Nusrat Sehar Abbasi of PML-F in their speeches criticised the government for ignoring their constituencies in development schemes.

PPP member Dr Sikandar Shoro said that despite the fact that Sindh contributed huge share in the national exchequer and also produce big quantity of oil and gas but the province was ignored in the federal development budget.

The house which was set in motion by Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani was adjourned till Friday morning.