Pakistan: Members of National Assembly barred from using word 'selected' for PM Imran Khan

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 24, 2019, 03.12 PM(IST)

File photo: Pakistan PM Imran Khan. Photograph:( AFP )

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During the budget debate, federal minister of energy, Umar Ayub Khan asked the deputy speaker to stop the opposition members from using the term "selected" for Imran Khan. 

Deputy speaker of National Assembly directed its members to refrain from using the word "selected" while addressing Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday.

During the budget debate, federal minister of energy, Umar Ayub Khan asked the deputy speaker to stop the opposition members from using the term "selected" for Imran Khan. 

He also said that using the word "selected" for PM Khan comes as a breach of the privilege of the house as he is an elected representative.

Qasim Suri while agreeing with Ayub, said that all members of the assembly including himself are elected through votes and asserted that "It is an insult to the parliament."

Since the cricketer-turned-politician came into power in July last year, opposition parties have alleged that Imran Khan has been tacitly placed by the military who is also a key player in the country's politics.

While, Khan defends his close relations with the military, saying leaders around the world seek the opinion of their military establishment as they are "equipped with the means to brief us on security issues". 

Coup-prone Pakistan has been under military rule for almost half of its existence, with many governments deposed before completing its term, mostly at the behest of the country's powerful armed forces. 

Pakistan Peoples Party chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, first used the term "PM selected" in his maiden speech in 2018 while he was congratulating Khan for coming into the power.