Treasury, opp in NA gives Nawaz ‘pat on the back’

* Lawmakers across the divide call upon PM to publicly announce he will not resign

ISLAMABAD: The embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday received support from all the parties in the National Assembly to stay in his office. 
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) have been demanding that the prime minister resign. Prime Minister Nawaz, who came to attend the session of the assembly, was besieged by workers of PAT on the instructions of their leader Tahirul Qadri. However, he was greeted with overwhelming support from the members of the treasury as well as opposition upon his arrival in the House. Amidst the siege of the parliament building by PAT workers, the lawmakers called upon Nawaz to publicly announce that he would not resign from premiership. 
“The prime minister should not resign at any cost,” Mahmood Khan Ackakzai said in the presence of Nawaz Sharif. The same appeal came from Maulana Fazlur Rahman, JUI-F chief, who emphatically stated that the prime minister should say “no” to the demand of protesting parties outside the Parliament House. “We are standing by the prime minister and no one would dare destabilise the democratic system,” he stated. PPP’s Ijaz Jhakrani also added his voice to the chorus, asking why should the prime minister resign. “Give some concrete reason for it,” he said.
MQM’s Rasheed Godil also supported the calls against resignation of the prime minister and demanded the PTI members resign from the assemblies as they had announced couple of days back. The government side was in full swing to interact with the other parliamentary groups in the House and its members were shuttling from one parliamentary party to other in the House. Mahmood Khan Ackakzai also said that the assembly should remain in session, and opposed any suggestion to move the session to some other place in view of sit-ins outside the parliament building. 
“We will not allow anyone to move the session to another place and would hold it here even if we are murdered,” the outspoken Ackakzai declared and said that if so-called people’s parliament of Qadri and Imran Khan have hundreds of thousands followers, parliament has the backing of millions of people of the country. He termed the calling of “people’s parliament” by Qadri an unconstitutional act and demanded the government and law enforcing agencies should ensure the smooth arrival of members in the House. JUI-F chief Fazlur Rahman said that all political parties are backing democracy and parliament and vowed to stand against all those who want to grab power by bypassing parliament. 

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