The speaker of the Sindh provincial assembly in Pakistan directed lawmakers not to ask questions in English, apparently to save her colleagues from embarrassment.
ShehlaRaza issued the directive when a minister faced difficulty in reading out answers or responding to supplementary questions asked in English on Friday, Dawn reported.
Laughter filled the room during the session when legislators asked lawmaker Dost Ali Rahimoon questions in English, insisting on a reply in the same language.
The minister read out a written reply slowly.
Sensing Rahimoon's unease, legislator SumeetaAfzal asked a “simple question” in English, putting the minister in an even more uncomfortable position.
Several of the minister's colleagues stood up to back him up before the speaker herself intervened.
Raza said questions were not to be asked in English without her permission.