|Ministerís call to boycott
Budget vote irks government members
By Munza Mushtaq
Non Cabinet Minister Cegu Isadeanís call to all
Muslim parliamentarians to boycott the third reading of the
Budget scheduled for December 14 has ticked off many sections of
the government, including top ministers, The Nation learns.
Several ministers had taken serious note of Isadeanís appeal,
which was unprecedented, coming from a government member who was
also a minister. Isadean had made the call last Friday during a
protest launched after Jumma prayers, against the recent Supreme
Court ruling which banned the use of loudspeakers from 10 p.m.
to 6 a.m.
The matter was taken up by government members during several
informal meetings they had with National Unity Alliance (NUA)
Leader Ferial Ashraff, where they had expressed their
displeasure over Isadeanís statement. Isadean is also the NUA
During the informal meetings, Ashraff had distanced herself from
the statement and had categorically told her colleague ministers
that neither she nor her party had anything to do with Isadeanís
When The Nation contacted Ashraff, she insisted that the call by
the NUAís Deputy Leader was not a party decision. She asserted
that she had nothing to do with it. She emphasised that since it
was a legal matter, it should be dealt with through legal means.