ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously reiterated its stance against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and called for finding a solution to the current political impasse.
Lawmakers from both sides of the divide spent the whole session discussing the current political situation, with the government reaffirming that the current political system would remain intact despite the sit-ins of the two protesting parties for the last many days outside the Parliament House. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed rejected the demand of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation and said “the conspirators would not succeed in derailing the government of the PML-N”.
Aftab rejected the allegations by former additional secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Afzal Khan of rigging in the last general elections. “An inquiry should be conducted against Afzal Khan for his baseless allegations of rigging in 2013 elections,” the minister said while observing “that such a person should be sent behind prison for trying to make an institution controversial”.
Taking part in the debate on the political situation PML-N’s lawmaker Rajab Ali Baloch brushed aside the rigging allegations and said that in most of the constituencies PTI’s candidates had lost with huge margins.
He accused the protesting parties of destabilising Pakistan rather than serving it.
PPP’s Syed Mustafa Shah urged the government to proactively work to find a solution to the present situation and advised it to show restraint in the face of protests.
PPP’s Mir Shabbir Ali Bijrani complained about the problems facing the residents of the capital city due to the protests. He termed the demands of the two protesting parties unconstitutional. PML-N’s Marvi Memon advised the protesting parties to show maturity and referred to the escalating situation at the Line of Control (LoC) as well as the military operation against terrorists who, she said, have been cornered due to the protests.
She urged both PTI and PAT to respect the verdict of the apex court which has ordered clearing the Constitution Avenue of the protests. JUI-F’s Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah accused Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri of spreading anarchy and derailing the democratic system in the country. Meanwhile, PML-N’s Tahira Aurangzeb said both Pakistan People’s Party and PML-N have learnt from history by struggling against dictatorship, but the protesting parties are not inclined to learn anything. Sabiha Nazir said the PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has failed to deliver and they have turned their backs towards the plight of the internally displaced persons of North Waziristan.
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