Achakzai proposes political front to protect democracy


ISLAMABAD: Weteran Pakhtoon nationalist leader Mahmood Khan Ackakzai on Thursday expressed fear about serious danger to democracy in the country and suggested Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif immediately make a democratic front to counter threats to the system.
The outspoken Ackakzai in categorical terms expressed his concerns about threats to the system when National Assembly resumed the debate on budget. Ackakzai, however used the occasion to speak at length about the current political situation in the country rather than speaking on budget saying that the budgets of all governments in a poor country like Pakistan are more or less the same.
Describing the democracy the best system of governance to run the country, he believed if it was derailed this time, God forbid, country would not survive. “It is now your responsibility to call a joint session of parliament to ponder over the situation”, said Ackakzai addressing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who turned in the session and listened his whole talk. Mentioning armed forces and ISI, Ackakzai said that he has high regard for them and pray for their professional development unless they intervene in the political affairs of the country. “I have no qualm about them unless they remain away from politics”, Ackazai explicitly stated. He also vowed to salute those generals who respect the constitution of the country; but who disrespect and violate it I would simply say to them “Murdabad”. He also called for hanging those who abrogated the constitution for the sake of democracy and vowed to be the first one to come forward for democratic cause.
He suggested that two Sharifs – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army chief General Raheel Sharif should sit together and think about the saving the democracy in the country and tell the world that we are all for democracy. Ackakzai also minced no words when he criticized Tahirul Qadir without naming when he vowed to arrest the person from Canada upon his arrival and deport him if he would be Prime Minister. “Who is he. If he is supreme commander of armed forces to demand that armed forces should provide him the security when he would land in the country”, Ackazai bitterly remarked.
He also urged the government to seek the assurance from USA that its defence and economic aid to the country would be conditional with the democracy in the country. Ackakzai’s talk was followed by PML-N’s MNA Mian Abdul Mannan’ whose sarcastic comments and often ridiculing the PTI’s leadership for their performance in KPK created a noisy environment in the house. Manna, however made the criticism in such way that jollied whole house and even Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was seen smiling when his party MNA responded to PTI’s taunting of him in the same fashion.
Without caring about the use of words for Sheik Rasheed Ahmed and KPK Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Mannan labeled them with the name that sounded disgusting and Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had to expunge them from the proceedings. Earlier, lawmakers from opposition benches severely criticized the government for presenting a pro-rich budget. Jamaat-e-Islami’s Sahibzada Tariquallah said that ten percent increase in salaries of government’s employees is low and it should enhanced to twenty percent PTI’s Ayesha Gulalai said that Rs.410 million has been allocated for Prime Minister and that even for BMW cars and food for dogs there.
PPP’s Dr. Azra Fazal Peechu criticized the government for rising debt in the country and pointed out that every new born baby now owes Rs.83000 debt. PML-N’s Marvi Memon & Perveen Masood Bhatti, PTI’s Rai Hassan Nawaz, PPP’s Shazia Marri, MQM’s IQbal Qadri also took part in the debate. 

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