ISLAMABAD: Legislators from both treasury and opposition benches in the National Assembly Tuesday termed the ongoing protest of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) “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 in the Capital. The legislators were united that the electoral system should be made transparent and answerable.
The legislators had a consensus that the unconstitutional and anti-democratic adventures should be resisted.
Initiating the debate, Abdul Rahim Mandokhel of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) said that the parliament should be used to resolve the issues with the PTI and PAT amicably. It was regrettable that a mob had gathered here, which was trying to derail democracy, he added.
He said during the budget session, the country’s economic condition was discussed and the PTI, which was holding a protest demonstration,had also participated in the discussion.
MandoKhel said it was unfortunate that some parties were demanding the government to step down through illegal means and by doing so, they were setting a bad precedent.
He urged the government to take the sloganeers of Inqilab (revolution) to task as such slogans were against the country’s interests.
He said it was the responsibility of the nation and parliamentarians to protect the democracy and Constitution. “We have an agreement that no one would be allowed to harm democracy and the Constitution.”
He said a 33-member parliamentary committee had 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 democracy had been restored in the country after great sacrifices. The PPP was with democracy, parliament and the Constitution, he added.
He said the parliament was the right forum to discuss the issues being confronted by the country. He asked the protesters to focus Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for bringing change. The PTI should make KPK a role model for other provinces.
“What kind of celebrations, the PTI is holding, when about 18 persons were killed by rainstorm in Peshawar the other day.
A person violating the Constitution should not have been allowed to land in Pakistan,” he added.
He asked chief of Pakistan Awami Tehrrek Dr Tahirul Qadri to hold dialogue with political parties. Dr Tahirul Qadri was working on a foreign agenda, he alleged.
He said the PPP was committed to follow Charter of Democracy (CoD) inked between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Shaheed Banzir Bhutto.
The parliament was a supreme institution of the country, where all issues should be discussed, he said and urged the government to hold talks with PAT and PTI.