ISLAMABAD – Leader of the Opposition Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan on Tuesday assured that around 446 parliamentarians were with the government and no one can compel the prime minister to resign, while reiterating unconditional support in the current political impasse.
Taking part in the debate in the joint-sitting, he said that despite political difference, the opposition would stand with the government for just cause of supremacy of the constitution, parliament and the democracy. Aitzaz said that the masses in general have rejected the so called ‘Azadi March’ and ‘Inqilab march’.
He said that the media has only created hype in Pakistan and no one could derail the democracy in Pakistan. He admitted that he himself asked the government to allow both Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri for peaceful protests. However, he termed their assault against the parliament.
“Suppose if the prime minister resigns, how the governments of Dr Malik and Syed Qaim Ali Shah will be dissolved after the passage of 18th amendment,” he said. He questioned that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak did not want to resign and tabled no confidence motion against himself to give legal cover to his government.
Regarding protest in 10th down street, the opposition leader said that no one could stage such protest where the protesters were fully equipped with sticks, batons, hammers, cutters and crane etc. Aitzaz urged that the government to mend their ways once the current situation defuse and spent its energy on people welfare.
He criticized torture on the media persons by the police officials and said that this act bowed our heads. It was highly condemnable that not only the camera persons, journalists were beaten but also their cameras and DSNG vans were also smashed.