ISLAMABAD - Question Hour session of the National Assembly on Wednesday turned ugly after opposition bashed the Punjab government over clapping in the press conference held to announce the arrest of the alleged rapist and killer a child in Kasur district.

Just after the start of the session, Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah rose and said that he was shocked to see how the Punjab chief minister during a press conference applauded the police officers and how he asked the audience to clap.

He said the murder of the child after rape was a horrendous incident and the whole nation was grieved. The CM should have thanked God for arresting the murderer and will have vowed to arrest other culprits also but instead he applauded the law enforcing agencies in a shameful manner, he added.

We all have kids, I ask parliamentarians to place their hand on their hearts and tell whether clapping and celebrating in front of a dejected father is justified, the opposition leader asked parliamentarians.

He said it was not matter of a grave concern that over 1100 children have fallen prey to such incidents in Punjab but most of the cases remained unresolved.

In his long and emotional speech Khurshid Shah demanded the members to bring a motion over the incident and said the CM’s action has hurt the nation’s sentiments and he should apologise for this. 

Soon after the opposition leader speech, the opposition criticised Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhary for not making Liver Transplant Unit in the PIMS functional despite his promise on the floor of the house last year. The lawmakers said poor patients are dying due to liver cirrhosis every day.

The minister said that liver transplant facility was announced by the Prime Minister in 2010.

He said that 95 posts of different cadres were sanctioned and out of which 57 were filled and 38 are still vacant.

He announced that the Pakistan Baitul Maal would now run dialysis centre and an MOU in this regard has been signed between the CADD and the Pakistan Baitul Maal. He said daily up to ninety patients visit the hospital for dialysis but only half of them get treatment.

After the agreement with Baitul Maal, new facilities will be installed along with skilled staff and all 90 patients would receive the treatment. The minister admitted that PIMS have no inclinator.

Five out of four hospitals falling under the control of CADD have incinerators but the PIMS have none due to some unknown reasons, he added.

Parliamentary Secretary Javed Ikhlas told the meeting that there were only 19 aircraft in 2013 in PIA fleet but now the total 37 planes in the FIA fleet.

Answering another question, he said the lease of four aircraft will expire on Jan 31 and the CAA has started process of acquiring the replacement on lease.

He said he was not aware that after expiry of lease from PIA, Shaheen airline has rented the same four aircraft on very less price as compared to what the national airline was paying. He said that a PIA plane was in Germany and it would be sold in parts.