ISLAMABAD: The combined opposition in Senate on Thursday staged a walkout against the increase in prices of some medicines and killing of PPP workers in a protest rally in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
Speaking on a point of order, MQM’s Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh said that prices of some medicines have registered an increase of 60 to 70 percent in the market. The pharmaceutical companies have increased prices of medicines on their own, he said, asking what Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA), which was responsible for regulating the prices, was doing in this regard. He advised the government to control the prices, and as a protest, announced a walkout, which was supported by the combined opposition.
Meanwhile, PML-N’s Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq told the House that the matter of hike in medicine prices was raised in the committee and was properly addressed by the state minister for health and regulation. The Senate chairman noted that the issue was of a serious nature and referred the matter to the Senate committee concerned for an investigation. On another point of order, Pakistan People’s Party parliamentary leader Senator Saeed Ghani said a few days ago PPP had held a peaceful protest demonstration in AJK.
He claimed that some political party workers clashed with them and one worker died and several others were injured on the spot. Instead of showing solidarity with the aggrieved family, the PML-N government gave instigative statements, he claimed, adding that it has adopted such behavior because the general election in AJK is near. He advised the government to change this behaviour with the aggrieved families and as a protest announced a walkout from the House.
The combined opposition staged a walkout. State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab presented a bill for the establishment of Pakistan International Airlines Corporation into a public limited company [The Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (conversion) Bill, 2015], as passed by the National Assembly. The upper house of parliament met for an emergency session to take up the controversial bill seeking to convert the national airline into a limited company.