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Govt’s ‘arrogance’ blamed for political chaos

* Babar says centre of power shifts from Islamabad to Rawalpindi g Aitzaz says demands of both rallies are constitutional

ISLAMABAD: Opposition senators on Monday said the government was not serious in tackling the PTI and PAT sit-ins.
They said things have gone from bad to worse due to the arrogance of the prime minister and his ministers.
There is serious threat to democracy and the confrontation predicts that the balance of power has shifted from Islamabad to Rawalpindi, the opposition senators said while speaking on adjournment motion presented by PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar on behalf of opposition. 
The participants showed concern that some media houses were giving the rallies more coverage than the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan. They urged the government to take prompt decisions. They went on to say that demands of the PTI and PAT were against the constitution. Nawaz Sharif was the first politician who brought the long march in Islamabad on 17 August 1989. The government’s attitude towards twin rallies and parliament was not serious, saying that the PM, interior and defence ministers could not come to the Senate.
They criticised the civil disobedience movement announced by the PTI because it is against the state rather than the government. 
They also slated announcement of KP information minister to switch off power supply from Tarbela dam if the federal government stopped power supply to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 
Some foreign countries asked their diplomats to restrict their movement and China has also shown concern over the ongoing political crisis, they maintained.
Babar said due to some recent events the balance of power had shifted from Islamabad to Rawalpindi and there was real and potent threat to democracy. He said it was a bad omen for democracy and democratic institutions and it was imperative that the government geared up to hold negotiations both with PTI and PAT to defuse the tense political situation and pull the country from the brink of precipice. He said that foreign countries had issued travel advisories to their citizens. 
Opposition Leader in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan said demanding resignation from the PM and Punjab CM or dissolving assemblies were according to the law. Condemning the Model Town incident, he demanded that the Punjab CM should resign as a case has already been registered against him. The PPP senator said leaders of both the PTI and PAT were using their workers as fuel to achieve their targets. 
Supporting the election rigging accusations of the PTI, the opposition leader said massive rigging was not only held in election but also in Nandipur project, LNG import, Hudaibia mills and assets declaration of the PM. 
He termed the negotiation committee as a joke because ministers Saad Rafique and Ahsan Iqbal were part of it and Imran Khan would refuse to talk to them. 
“Though the government included me in negotiating team but I don’t have any decisions like the Punjab CM’s resignation, details of PM assets etc to present before Imran Khan for negotiations.” He urged the government to make sincere efforts to defuse the tension and avoid any confrontation with the mob. 
ANP Senator Haji Adeel flayed the government for allowing the protesters to enter Islamabad. 
ANP Senator Afrasiab Khattak suggested that the PTI lawmakers should resign and announce civil disobedience movement. He regretted that the government wasted time in taking appropriate decision. 
PPP Senator Sardar Ali Khan advised the government to take resignation from the Punjab CM. He asked why Tahirul Qadri was allowed to observe sit-in in the capital. He asked for calling a joint session of parliament and shifting the sit-in to F-9 Park.

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