Joint opposition rally crossed all limits, says Khawaja Asif in NA | Pakistan

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif while addressing the National Assembly on January 18, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, while speaking in the National Assembly on Thursday, lashed out at the opposition leaders for criticising the parliament in their joint rally a day earlier.

“All limits were crossed in the [joint opposition] rally,” he remarked, 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].

Decisions aren’t made in rallies but in the parliament. They [opposition leaders] have attacked the parliament and hurled abuses. You can never come to power continuing on this path. You have abused the parliament you want to use to come to power,” he said.

“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.

Otherwise, “what respect do they have? They have changed their parties six to seven times. They have no conscience, they have no shame.”

Parliament is an important law-making institution, Asif remarked, adding “If we don’t respect then no other institution will. If those who drive strength from the institution resort to abusing it, then no other institution will respect it.”

The foreign minister also said that this is the “lowest point of politics” and it has left the “nation’s head hanging in shame.”

Asif further said: “Elections are about to be held and everyone has the right to hold campaigns. They have the right to motivate their supporters but they hurled abuses. They have brought back shamelessness.”

Taking a jibe at Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahir-ul-Qadri, who led the joint opposition rally demanding justice for victims of Model Town incident, Asif remarked: “He has no relation with Pakistan. He is exploiting religion and has made a mockery of the religion.”

Imran slams NA for electing ‘criminal’ as party chief 

While addressing the joint opposition rally on Wednesday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan lambasted the parliament for allowing a ‘criminal’ to be elected as a party president.

“I curse the parliament that made a criminal the president of a party,” he said, in an apparent reference to Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) decision to elect ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif as its president.

“The two [Sharif] brothers are responsible for the Model Town incident,” said Imran. “I can say without beyond a shadow of a doubt that it [Model Town incident] was done on orders received by the police.”

He accused the Sharif brothers of being ‘fascists’ and claimed that they are not even ‘remotely democratic.’

“I know them since the past forty years,” he said. “They get people roughed up.” 

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