ISLAMABAD: Leaders of political parties and people from cross section of society hailed resolve of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to uphold supremacy of Constitution and Parliament.
Minister of State for Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar appreciated the positive approach of Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to shun negative politics in the country.
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s address at the National Assembly, the minister said that the PM rightly said that the parliament was representative of 200 million people and majority was supporting democracy which was unprecedented.
She said that Nawaz Sharif has said that the government can be held accountable for its wrongdoings, however emphasized that it’s positive activities and achievements should also be acknowledged.
She said that it is a fact that the ongoing situation of political disturbance has not perplexed Prime Minister and his party has seen many ups and downs in the past.
Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Broadcasting, Barrister Mohsin Ranjha said that the government was ever ready for accepting all legitimate demands by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
Sharing his remarks on the Prime Minister’s speech in the National Assembly, the parliamentary secretary said the government did not want to set such an example by tendering resignation which is against the norms of democracy and gives negative impression in future.
The Parliamentary Secretary appreciated the tolerance and patience shown by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif during the last two weeks for solving the prevailing political crisis in a peaceful manner.
“The government do not want any confrontation and showed tolerance to strengthen democracy,” he maintained.
Vice President Awami National Party and member National Assembly Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said the speech of Prime Minister in National Assembly reflected supremacy of constitution and law. In his comments, he said action should be taken against those who did not believe in constitution and democracy.
He said demand of resignation of Prime Minister was unconstitutional.
He said speech of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was appreciable as he showed generosity and talked about supremacy of constitution and law and stability of democratic system.
He said marchers should end the sit-ins which were badly affecting the national economy.
Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said the government started big development projects and these sit-ins were affecting the economic activities in the country.
Provincial Law Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan said the Prime Minister made a historic speech and added that those trying to derail democracy must be held responsible.
He said owing to sit-ins, the country had to suffer a loss of billions of dollars in the last two weeks.
He urged PTI and PAT leadership that there was no justification to continue the sit-ins when the government had already formed a committee to settle issues.
Labour Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said the prime minister’s address was excellent under the prevailing circumstances.
He asked PTI leadership to abandon its stubborn attitude and accept the government’s offer of dialogue as negotiations were the only way of any problem.
PML-N Lahore President Pervez Malik MNA said sit-ins were illogical and insult to the mandate of the people of Pakistan.
He said in civilised societies it never happens that a few thousands people hold march and ask for resignation from an elected prime minister.
He said all democratic forces were united and opposed the PTI-PAT sit-ins.
Pakistan Ulema Council leader Maulana Tahir ul Ashrafi, while commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech said, it showed that government wanted sincere and productive dialogue with the opposition and in this regard it had so many times offered PTI to sit for negotiations.
Lawmakers Majid Zahoor and Azma Zyed Bokhari said after a long time democracy had returned to the country.
The PML-N, they said, had rendered great sacrifices for the restoration of democracy.
Central leader of Pakistan Muslim League (Functional), Imtiaz Ahmad Shaikh hailed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resolve to maintain supremacy of democracy, constitution and the parliament in the country.