ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly on Thursday turned into an arena when lawmakers from opposition and government started fighting and thrashed each other during a session.

The NA session under Speaker Ayaz Sadiq turned violent when the public representatives came to blows, and slapping each other, a television footage showed

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Shahryar Afridi earlier went up to the government’s benches and started a brawl with Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources.

During the session, PTI members led by Shah Mehmood Qureshi chanted ‘thief, thief’ slogans in the parliament and recorded protest by standing up on their benches.

Qureshi during his speech said that it is not a monarchy where a PM has contradictory statements on the same issue.

Qureshi alleged that the missing pages of an “open book” were being filled up with letters of Qatari prince.