ISLAMABAD The legislators on Thursday created rumpus during the National Assembly proceedings when the PML-N and the ANPs members gave ethnic colour to a non-issue and rushed towards each other for a physical scuffle that was miraculously avoided. The hullabaloo started when ANP MNA Syed Haidar Ali Shah, during his point of order, quoted a news item alleging Punjab Police for arresting Pakhtuns and forcing them to leave Lahore. He alleged that police was targeting Pakkhtuns on directives of the Punjab Government. However, PML-N legislator Abid Sher Ali strongly protested against the statement and criticised the ANP. The rumpus reached on the climax when Pakhtun leaders beyond the party line gathered on the floor of the House against Abid Sher Ali. Meanwhile, Khursheed Shah, Aaftab Sheikh and others MNAs tried to control them but failed. However, Fozia Wahab played real role advising Khursheed Shah to request the Chairman to announce break for the prayer (Maghrib). The situation was once controlled but it could not be controlled completely, as after the break the opponents were again face-to-face alleging each other despite several attempts of Abdul Qadir Patel, who was chairing the National Assembly session, to maintain the decorum. Chief Whip PML-N, Aaftab Sheikh, on the point of order, said that it was just a news item not a statement of any minister or official of the Punjab Government. He said that if there was any such issue, the Pakhtun legislators should discuss it with the PML-N rather than accusing the Punjab Government. He offered Pakhtun legislators to hold a brief meeting with the Chief Minister Punjab and IG Punjab to resolve the issue. ANP leader Pervez Khan, on the point of order, said that a member was calling the Pakhtuns non-Pakistani but the term was not new, as the leadership of ANP had been listening such allegations since long. He added that the ANP was a secular party but it was an elected prime minister, who accepted the government of Taliban in Afghanistan. He warned that some elements were trying to create the 1971-like situation. On the point of order, State Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Samsam Bukhari criticised Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah for his statement on a TV show stating that the incident took place in Faisalabad during a rally of Eid Milad-un-Nabi was not a case of terrorism. However, Interior Minister Rehman Malik stated that only terrorists and criminals were being apprehended following proper investigations and there was no harassment of any community. He assured the House that he would talk to the officials concerned of the Punjab Government and submit a report today (Friday). The Interior Minister also informed the House that Sahil, who was kidnapped from Jhelum and recovered recently, had been sent to the UK. He said that the credit went to the Punjab Government for playing pivotal role in his recovery. He said that it was a joint operation conducted by Pakistan, France, Spain and the UK, which resulted in recovery of the kidnapped boy. The Minister said that Pakistan was seeking extradition of criminals involved in this crime, who are presently in France and Spain. They would be tried in Pakistan, he added. Earlier, during the question hour, Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf informed the National Assembly that the power outage would mitigate with increase in water inflow in the Mangla and Tarbela dames from the next month. Replying to questions, he said that the Government was aware of the importance of industrial and agricultural sectors and they were given priority attention for supply of electricity while devising a load-management schedule. The Minister said that the Government was working on a number of options to increase electricity generation. He hoped that up to ten thousand megawatts of nuclear power would be added to the national grid in next ten years. He said that sixty-three feasibility studies had been initiated for small hydropower projects in Gilgit-Baltistan, Punjab, NWFP and AJK. An agreement has also been signed for 103 micro-hydro power plants at Chitral and other places in Gilgit-Baltistan to generate fifteen megawatts. He said that the Punjab Government had issued letter of intents to ten private investors for establishment of 142 megawatts small hydropower projects. A twenty-six megawatts projects at Skardu and another four megawatt plant at Chilas would be established with the assistance of Asian Development Bank. Minister for Water and Power said that a project for solar power plant had also been prepared, which would be implemented with the Asian Development Banks assistance. To another question, Raja Pervez Ashraf said that Pakistan had sought information about Swalkot Dam and similar other new projects on River Indus by India. Responding to a calling attention notice, Minister for Labour and Manpower, Syed Khusrshid Shah told the National Assembly that so far, Pakistan had signed the Air Services Agreement with 94 states out of those, the airlines of 24 countries were operating to and from Pakistan. The Minister said that the operation of international scheduled flights with traffic rights to and from Pakistan was conducted in accordance with the bilateral air services agreement. He said that under this agreement, almost 52 percent of the total business is in Pakistans hands while the rest 48 is being run by other airlines operating to and from Pakistan.