LAHORE: The National Assembly passed on Thursday a resolution condemning Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed’s ‘anti-Parliament’ remarks. The resolution, presented by federal minister Baleegh-urRehman, stated that Imran and Rashid’s verbal onslaught on the parliament was akin to “disrespecting the nation.
The parliament is a department of democracy, with which the country’s stability and prosperity are tied up,” the unanimously passed resolution stated. No other system can work in the country,” it declared. During the session, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah vehemently lashed out at some members of Wednesday’s ‘joint opposition rally’ for their verbal attack on the Parliament. “All limits were crossed in the [joint opposition] rally,” Asif remarked in the assembly, adding that the “frustrations” of the opposition leaders knew no bounds. He said that the leaders should be brought before a parliamentary committee of National Assembly.
“They should be summoned, and if they still don’t come then arrest them and bring them here [assembly]. “Those who are members of this House and want to become the prime minister have insulted it,” Asif had said. Khawaja Asif Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif was on Thursday furious over the remarks of the opposition parties for parliament during the Lahore protest.
He called for summoning the opposition leaders to the parliament and demanded that they be arrested and brought to the parliament if they wouldn’t come otherwise.
Talking in the National Assembly, Asif said that the opposition had crossed all limits last night. He said that the opposition leaders clearly seemed frustrated after they had failed to pull the masses to their protest. “Parliament has given you the respect that you have today.
Votes were cast in your favour in order for you to become a member of this parliament,” he said. Khursheed Shah Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah agreed with Khawaja Asif, saying that he couldn’t even repeat the words used for the parliament by certain leaders in the Lahore protest on Wednesday. “Shame on everyone who uses that word”, he said. However, the speeches by the senior parliamentarians failed to move Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan who defended his ‘laanath on parliament’, saying in a series of tweets today that parliament deserved the curses after having allowed a person to head a political party despite being disqualified by the apex court.