ISLAMABAD: The largest opposition party, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), has extended all-out support to the PML-N government for the military operation against terrorists in North Waziristan Agency (NWA).
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has supported the military offensive but protested against it not being taken on board before its launch. Immediately after the announcement of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to formally announce the launch of the military operation in NWA in the National Assembly, the opposition parties came up with their stances in support of it. The PPP, being a staunch supporter of the military operation against the terrorists right from the beginning, seized the opportunity to fully back the government and armed forces over this move and said that the operation should continue till the last terrorist is eliminated from the country’s soil.
“The government should firmly stand on this stance by continuing with the operation against these terrorists and should not go for any other option, as it is already late,” Khursheed Shah, leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, stated in his address in the House. Muttahida Qaumi Movement – the third largest parliamentary group on opposition benches in National Assembly – was also fully in favour of the military operation, and its leader in the House, Farooq Sattar, had no complains for not being taken into confidence before the launch of the offensive, although he pointed this out.
Taking the floor after prime minister’s speech, opposition leader Khursheed Shah asked the government to remain steadfast after taking this step, and opined that the operation should have been started six months earlier. He assured the government on behalf of the opposition in the House that it would stand at its back for the sake of national interests, and also advised the government to refrain from entangling in “non-issues” like plans to block the train march of AML leader Sheikh Rasheed or arrest cleric Tahirul Qadri, who is returning from Canada later this month to lead public rallies against the government.
Shah noted that terrorism could be eliminated only with the strengthening of democratic process.
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