ISLAMABAD – The legislators from treasury and opposition in the National Assembly on Tuesday termed the ongoing protest of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) as political terrorism and vowed to protect the constitution and democratic system.
The lower house of the parliament resumed the debate on the situation emerged after the sit-ins of PTI and PAT. The legislators were united that the electoral system would be made transparent and answerable. Most of the legislators were in consensus that the unconstitutional and anti democratic adventures would be resisted.
Initiating the debate, MNA Abdul Rahim Mandokhel of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) said that the parliament should resolve the issues with PTI and PAT amicably. “It was regrettable that a mob has gathered here and trying to derail the democracy,” he said.
MandoKhel said it was unfortunate that some parties were demanding the government to step down through illegal means, a bad precedent was being set. He urged the government to punish the sloganeers of ‘revolution’ chanting persons. Such slogans were against Pakistan’s interests, he said, adding that it was the responsibility of the whole nation and lawmakers to protect the democracy and constitution.
“We have an agreement that no one would be allowed to harm the democracy and constitution,” he said. He also said a 33-member parliamentary committee has already been constituted for consensus electoral reforms. He urged the parliament to play its role in protecting the rule of law, democracy and constitution. Imran Zafar Leghari said that democracy has been restored after great sacrifices.
He said PPP was with the democracy, parliament and constitution. He said the parliament was the right forum to discuss the issue being confronted by Pakistan. He asked the protesters to focus Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for bringing change. PTI should make Pakhtunkhwa a role model for other provinces, he said. “What kind of celebration PTI is making when 15 to 18 persons were killed in rainstorms in Peshawar, a person violating constitution should not be allowed to land in Pakistan,” he said.
He asked chief of Pakistan Awami Tehrik Dr Tahirul Qadri to hold dialogue with political parties. He also said that Dr Qadri was pushing foreign agenda. He said that the PPP was committed to follow Charter of Democracy (CoD) inked between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the late PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto. Parliament is supreme institution in which all issues should be discussed, he said and urged the government to hold talks with the protesters.