Pakistan Opens Parliament By Beating Former Minister… Twice (Video)
A new parliament took over in Pakistan and opened business by beating a former minister on Saturday and then again on Monday with shoes.
Supporters of slain Benazir Bhutt’s Pakistan Peoples Party block an angry colleague, center, who attempted to attack former provincial government chief Arbab Ghulam Rahim, unseen, during the provincial assembly session in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, April 7, 2008. Rahim, an ousted ally of President Pervez Musharraf was hit with a shoe in a Pakistani provincial assembly dominated by supporters of slain ex-leader Benazir Bhutto. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
The opposition beat Arbab Ghulam Rahim with a shoe:
The Pakistan Peoples Party welcomed a former chief minister to parliament by beating him on Saturday… and then again on Monday.
Pakistan’s newly elected coalition government led by the Pakistan Peoples Party made freedom of the media a major issue when it took two TV news channels off the air.
The channels, ARY One World TV and GEO TV, confirmed they had been taken off air after showing footage of the beating of former chief minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim by Pakistan Peoples Party workers in the provincial legislature assembly.
The officials of the both channels confirmed that their networks were off air throughout the country after airing the footage of the former chief minister and the newly elected member of the provincial assembly, Arbab Ghulam Rahim, by the PPP workers.
He was dragged and beaten on Saturday when he entered in the provincial assembly to take oath. Sources said his life was saved only when he sought refuge inside the parliament and was sent home under the police protection without taking the oath.
This morning he tried again to take his oath of office but the Pakistan Peoples Party workers, who had overwhelmed security arrangements at the provincial assembly, grabbed him and beaten him with shoes.
Pakistan’s former provincial government chief Arbab Ghulam Rahim, center, is escorted by his body guards as he leaves after attending the provincial assembly session in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, April 7, 2008. (Reuters)
Officials escort former provincial chief minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim (C) to his car as he leaves the Sindh assembly building in Karachi April 7, 2008. Angry protesters hurled abuse at Rahim, an ally of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, and slapped him with a shoe as he came out of a provincial assembly dominated by the supporters of the late Benazir Bhutto. (REUTERS)