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12:00 AM, May 31, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 31, 2012

Ruling MPs blast Azim over journo assault

Two senior ruling party lawmakers and the treasury bench whip yesterday blasted lawmaker Fazlul Azim for raising the issue of last Tuesday's police assault on journalists at the court premises.
Taking the floor in the parliament, Azim sharply criticised State Minister for Home Shamsul Hoque Tuku for his comments on Tuesday when he said that journalists should maintain safe distance from police when collecting news.
Soon after Azim's speech, AL MP Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim launched a counter attack on Azim, the lone opposition lawmaker present in parliament.
“You [Deputy Speaker Shawkat Ali] should not allow any lawmaker to speak in such a manner that is a violation of rules of procedure,” Selim said.
Echoing Selim, another senior MP Fazle Rabbi Mia said Azim spoke without following procedure rules.
Chief Whip Abdus Shahid agreed with the two and demanded that Azim's speech should be expunged.
Shawkat Ali, who presided over the session, said that such incidents are frequent in parliament.
“No lawmaker properly followed the rules of procedure while I was presiding over the sitting in the House,” he said.
“Many speeches of MPs needed to be expunged because of this so it is better to follow rules of procedure properly while speaking in the parliament,” he added.

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