MPs term PTI & PAT protests neither democratic nor politicalSeptember 1, 2014
Islamabad: The Joint session of the Parliament started in Islamabad with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair. At the outset, Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid moved a motion for discussion on the prevailing political situation.
Taking part in the debate, Opposition leader in the Senate, Ch. Aitzaz Ahsan said all the opposition parties’ standby the government for democracy and the supremacy of constitution.
He said it is historic occasion that the parties have offered their unconditional support to the government in prevailing political crisis. He said the onslaught of the protesting parties is an attack on the parliament.
Aitzaz Ahsan asked the Prime Minister to remain firm in his resolve of not resigning from the office as nobody can force him to do so. He said low attendance in the sit-ins clearly proves that the people have rejected the long and revolution marches of the PTI and the PAT.
Mahmood Khan Achakzai said it is unprecedented in the country’s history that all the political parties while rising above their political differences are on the same page for protection of the parliament and the constitution. He said other segments of society including judiciary and media are also supportive of this cause.
Achakzai said storming of the parliament by the protesters amounts to sedition and terrorism and the security forces should be given instructions to clear the area of these saboteurs. He asked the PTI and PAT to demonstrate sagacity and allow their supporters to go home.
Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said his party believes in the continuation of democratic system.
He said a few thousand people today would not have dared to challenge the democratic system, had efforts been made to strengthen the system. He condemned attacks on the state buildings by the protesters, saying use of violence is not the appropriate way to get demands fulfilled.
Javed Hashmi, whose party earlier had submitted resignations from the National Assembly, entered the house on Tuesday amidst applause of the members.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who was speaking on the political situation, welcomed Javed Hashmi in the joint session.
Maulana Fazlur-Rehman said the political parties stand firm to foil all the conspiracies against the democracy. Terming the demands of protesting leaders unjustified, he said it is the constitutional and democratic requirement that Nawaz Sharif stays as the Prime Minister of the country and continue to represent the parliament.
He said attacks on the state buildings including the parliament House by the protesters are bringing bad name to the country and it is the administrative and constitutional responsibility of the government to clear Islamabad of these extremist elements.
He said treason cases should be initiated against the PAT and PTI leadership for attacking the state institutions.
Appreciating the unity shown by the parties in the parliament, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri should demonstrate moral courage and admit their political death.
On the resignations of PTI members, Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said he was delaying the process for acceptance of the resignations under the spirit of reconciliation as he wanted to see the PTI members back into the House.
He however said that sense of the house will be honoured at all costs. He said he has yet to determine whether all the PTI members have tendered the resignations under any pressure or their own free will.
Taking part in the discussion, Javed Hashmi said future of this country lies only in parliamentary democratic system and the upholding of 1973 constitution. He said the parliament should be made more strong and meaningful for resolution of problems faced by the common men.
About his rift with Imran Khan, he said the PTI Chairman had promised him that he will not go against the constitution, parliament and democracy.
He said that he has also made it clear to Imran Khan that forming a technocrat government does not come under the purview of the Supreme Court.
On the resignations of the PTI members from the National Assembly, Javed Hashmi disclosed that none of the member resigned from the seat happily.
He said he had also asked Imran Khan not to put pressure on the members for resignations. He however said that he happily submits his resignation from the House.
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