Fired PTI lawmakers pour out their love for constitution

* Aftab assures strict action against those responsible for beating media persons * JUI-F lawmaker seeks Sheikh Rasheed’s resignation over ‘anti-parliament’ remarks

ISLAMABAD: The estranged lawmakers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday vowed to protect the constitution in the National Assembly.
Two PTI lawmakers Nasir Khattak and Musarat Zaib showed up for the first time in the House after their party resigned en masse from the NA.
Amid desk thumping, Khattak avoided to talk about PTI Chairman Imran Khan and spent all his energies in bashing PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.
“We all have to stand up against Dr Qadri-like characters to save the country slipping into civil war which is the main agenda of Dr Qadri,” Khattak said, adding that Qadri was a liar and was part of a wider conspiracy to destroy the country. 
He said that he was with the constitution and parliament rather than those bent upon imposing another dictatorship in the country and feared a future dictatorship would push the country into a civil war.
He requested all the democratic forces to come forward to save the country from break-up because if they gave in to Dr Qadri there would be no future of coming generations.
He also called for vacating Constitution Avenue from Qadri and proposed that there should be legislation to save it from such elements in the future.
Opposing any extra-constitutional steps in the country, he said, “We have to live in the country that should be ruled by democratic way at all cost.”
PTI lawmaker Musarat Zaib pledged to protect the constitution because she took the oath of its supremacy as well as parliament.
“This House is sacred and its sanctity should be upheld at all cost,” she said.
JUI-F legislator Asiya Nasir objected to the occupation of the Parliament House compound by the protesting parties. She proposed moving a privilege motion against the protesting parties and said that lawmakers could not be threatened with such moves. 
She also questioned the remarks of Awami Muslim League President Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed against parliament and asked him to resign from the House.
PML-N lawmaker Owais Leghari said that Javed Hashmi has exposed the democratic moves of Imran Khan and called both Imran and Qadri “hypocrites”.
Meanwhile, media persons walked out of the House against the police brutality on journalists on Saturday.
State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed assured the House that an inquiry would be held into the incident and the PM would also look into it.

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