ISLAMABAD – Government and opposition parties in a session of National Assembly denounced the civil disobedience movement launched by Imran Khan and termed Inqilab and Azadi march as part of a conspiracy on Thursday, as reported by local TV channel.
Pakistan Muslim League-Z’s Ijazul Haq said that if electricity is cut off would Imran Khan be able to restore it? Aftab Sherpao, head of Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) said that both parties Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek left Lahore and reached Islamabad the same day. They held rallies and then crossing into Red Zone area which apparently looks like a part of some bigger conspiracy theory, he added.
National Assembly session was presided by Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq in Islamabad. On Nawaz Sharif’s arrival, Tahmina Doultana shouted slogans in his support and the rest of the members welcomed him with a loud banging on their desks. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not address the assembly despite having prepared it. During a discussion over the current political crisis in the country, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP)’s chief Aftab Sherpao said in the National Assembly session that both Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek left Lahore and arrived in Islamabad the same day and later held rallies and crossed into the Red Zone area for a sit-in outside the parliament house, all this is apparently part of some kind of a conspiracy theory. We want to know who’s backing their agenda, he asked. Election reforms can’t happen in an eye blink, said Aftab Ahmed Sherpao. Referring to Imran Khan as Kaptaan, he said that he keeps changing his statements and decisions every now and then. If Prime Minister resigns who would he approach?, he urged.
He firmly condemned the use of undemocratic tactics and labeling of the parliament as fake. He said that the sacrifices rendered by the nation for the rule of law and restoration of democracy would not go to waste. He said that a few thousand people cannot make hostage the whole system, parliament, democracy and above all the economy. This is the first time that all the opposition parties have supported the elected prime minister, said Sherpao.
Sherpao said that from Peshawar till Karachi all the entire business-fraternity has denounced the civil disobedience movement. All the political parties have sided with democracy and constitution, he stressed. He further argued that the opposition parties also agree that the parliament must be in session till these undemocratic protests continue. Today the democratic voices are inside the parliament and only a few thousands sitting outside, he claimed. It’s because of these protestors that the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaske refused to visit Pakistan, said Aftab Ahmed Sherpao.
The fact that both parties are holding rallies together and do not want to negotiate on the issue, has a slightly deeper meaning, he explained.
Pakistan Muslim League-Z (PMLZ)’s chief Ijazul Haq expressing his disappointment said that women and children who are part of the protest rallies are sleeping on roads. In the past every government has been left alone but this time the opposition is standing in its support, said Ijaz. He appreciated that the government has demonstrated patience and dealt with the political crisis tolerantly. Would the 38 people of the assembly decide to halt the National Assembly sessions because of the protests?, he asked.
Would 10 lakh people protesting outside the parliament close down the parliament? I will lay down my life before anything happens to my country, he urged. Ijazul Haq said that Imran Khan wants to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan but the kind of language he uses is condemnable. Civil disobedience movement can further trouble the public, he claimed. If the power supply is suspended will Imran Khan be able to restore it?, asked Ijazul Haq.
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN)’s Major (Ret.) Tariq Iqbal said that Imran Khan himself is behaving like Gullu Butt. Imran Khan can’t become the Prime Minister in an undemocratic way, he claimed, adding that to become a Prime Minister he must first learn politics and struggle for it.
Pakistan People’s Party’s Abdul Sattar Bachani said that we listen to abusive language sitting in the parliament lodges every night. I am surprised how people decided to vote for Imran Khan and accepted him as a leader?, he asked. He is performing a musical show outside the parliament but it’s high time he ends the political drama, said Bachani.
Will Chaudhry Shujaat, Ghulam Mustafa Khar and Asif Ahmad Ali bring revolution?, he asked. PMLN’s Tahmina Doultana said that we won’t let Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign. All the members of national assembly including me can gather more people than Imran Khan, she challenged. A music and dance show is going on outside the parliament house, she further added. Prayer was also held for Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s Abdul Rashid Godil who is suffering from heart disease. The next session of the national assembly would be held tomorrow morning at 11 pm.