Parliament, Constitution will be protected: Kh Asif

Friday, August 29, 2014 – Islamabad—the National Assembly on Thursday continued debate on political crisis.

Defence Khawaja Asif maintained that the government’s fresh move for FIR was not “our weakness.” Nothing against law and constitution would be accepted.”

“We will not allow anyone to harm the system, the Parliament and the Constitution, he said. The minister said the prime minister does not have authority to set up a technocrat or national government. Shaheen Shafiq urged the protesting parties to give something and take something and settle the issue. She said the nation has become tired of their sit-ins. “Now they should end their protest.”

Ayesha Raza Farooq said calling elections rigged merely on heresy and demanding resignation of democratically elected prime minister is highly undemocratic. She said history will not forgive us if anything untoward happened to the democracy. Asghar Ali Shah said leaders of the protesting parties do not want to settle the crisis through dialogue. He said their intentions are clear that they have some other agenda. He said so far the way the government has dealt with the situation on the Constitution Avenue is commendable.

He however, urged the government to find amicable solution of the crisis because it has started becoming source of hatred among different segments of society. Muhammad Riaz Malik said the PTI allegations of rigging in the general elections are baseless. He said in NA-118 not a single complaint was registered with the presiding officer by the polling agents of the PTI or in the respective police station.

He said after two months they challenged the results in Election Tribunal which asked NADRA to verify the thumb impression against electoral roles and counter files. He said NADRA reported the results as one of the best and fair. He said this House can call DG, NADRA, Election Commission, and inquire about the results. He said this will clarify to what extent PTI rigging allegations are correct. Taking part in the debate, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs

Sheikh Aftab Ahmed rejected any recommendation given by Senator Ch. Jaffar Iqbal related to deputy prime minister. He said on Wednesday the Election Commission of Pakistan also rejected the allegations leveled by the PTI for rigging in the elections. He said the protesting parties are moving towards anarchy which will harm the country and its people.

He said today the economy has started deteriorating just because of these protests. He said agenda of protesting parties is unclear as they also do not want to resolve the issue through dialogue.

Shaza Fatima said international organization has said in its report that popularity graph of the prime minister has gone upward while that of Imran Khan decreased significantly. She said the protesters on the Constitution Avenue just because of their lust to come into power want to derail democracy.

Those who participated in the debate also included Syed Naveed Qamar and Abdur Rahim Mandokhel. The House was adjourned to meet again today (Friday) at 11:00am. (Courtesy: Pak Observer)