ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday adopted a pro-democracy resolution to uphold the supremacy of democratic institutions in the country, and stressed that the survival, progress and stability of the country is linked with democracy.
The lawmakers turned their focus towards the political turmoil in the country by suspending the private members’ day when veteran parliamentarian Mahmood Khan Ackakzai demanded a discussion on the fast developing political situation in the country. The resolution congratulated the nation on the 68th Independence Day of the country and stated that Pakistan was the first Muslim country that was created through ballot in accordance with the vision of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
“The elected parliament is working for the supremacy of constitution, law and democracy and will continue to do so,” the resolution read. The house resounded with speeches for the protection of democracy in the country. Known for his bold and straightforward talk Ackakzai declared that the federation would not be able to survive if the constitution and parliament were “tampered with”. He even warned of a rebellion against anyonewho abrogates the constitution. “I will rebel against those who tamper with the constitution,” Ackakzi declared.
About the “Azadi March” of Imran Khan, Ackakzai suggested the government hold a public meeting in Peshawar by bringing together JUI-F, JI and ANP, and assured to do the same in Quetta with the Baloch and Pakhtun nationalist parties at a time when Imran Khan would be marching towards Islamabad. “This act is not in sympathy for Nawaz Sharif but for democracy and constitution,” Ackakzai stated. He said Imran Khan cannot guarantee a peaceful march as some miscreants have joined it, an apparent reference to Canadian cleric Tahirul Qadri.
He invited Imran Khan to come to the House, saying he looks good in the assembly. He called for taking the democratic course. The lawmakers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) turned up in low numbers in the House, but they seized the opportunity to criticise the PML-N government. “We want democracy; but an end to monarchy in the country for which Azadi March has been launched,” Murad Saeed, a young parliamentarian of the PTI from Swat said while taking part in the debate.
Brushing aside the apprehensions that democracy is in danger due to the Azadi March, Murad said that in reality non-democratic elements are casting dark shadows on democracy. Speaking about the objectives of his party’s long march, the PTI member said that it is against alleged rigging in last year’s general elections.
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