Mashwani banned from attending sessions for 10 days
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday decided to place a 10-day ban on lawmaker Sakhi Mashwani for slapping Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Naseer Ahmad Durrani during a session.
On Wednesday, the lower house had summoned Durrani, Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi and Public Works Minister Mahmood Baligh to brief the legislators on issues related to their portfolios.
Each MP was given three minutes to question the ministers. Mushwani spoke for three minutes before microphone was switched off. In a fit of rage, he first tried to pounce at 2nd Deputy Speaker Erfanullah Erfan and then went on to slap the minister.
After Durrani was whacked, 1st Deputy Speaker Haji Zahir Qadir ordered security officials to take Mushwani out of the Wolesi Jirga hall. Qadir has said Mashwani could not enter the parliament until the house decides so.
However, lawmakers, invoking Article 72nd of the internal rules of business, decided that Mashwani could not attend any sessions for the next ten days due to his action against the minister.
A lawmaker, who disrupts house proceedings, including a physical clash with or insulting government officials, can be punished under the internal rules of business of the Wolesi Jirga. He/she can be advised, warned or sent out of the session for a day.
Based on the rules, the violator also could be banned for several days from attending the house with suggestion from the administrative board and approval of other lawmakers.
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