ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers belonging to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s coalition government, along with Pakistani dissidents Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said on Thursday there was no truth to the US “threat letter” as the declared former Prime Minister Imran Khan for regime change in the country.
Speaking in the National Assembly, they accused former Prime Minister Khan of pushing the country towards anarchy and anarchy in his “hunger” for power.
They were of the opinion that people were being misled by the PTI because there was no “threatening letter” from the United States, adding that people wanted to get rid of the PTI for its poor governance.
Dr. Nisar Ahmad Cheema of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) accused the PTI leadership of inciting people to anarchy and lawlessness.
He said the opposition’s claim that the US was pushing for regime change was “a lie”, adding that the US had lobbied Pakistan three times because for the first Once they had threatened Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, then it was Nawaz Sharif who was urged not to go. nuclear test and third was General Pervez Musharraf.
Speaking after being sworn in to NA President Raja Pervaiz Asharaf, Zahid Akram Durrani, in broken Urdu, thanked the house for electing him vice-president of the NA.
Durrani, a Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) loyalist, in his first speech in Urdu – full of errors – after being sworn in as vice president, said he would maintain the sanctity of the House.
He accused his predecessor Qasim Khan Suri of the PTI of violating the Constitution and house rules by ruling on the motion of no confidence against then Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Maulana Asadur Rehman of JUI-F alleged that Imran Khan is trying in vain to label all politicians as traitors which will not work.
He also said that Imran Khan himself admitted his dismissal was due to his “spoiled” relationship with the “establishment” and not the alleged US conspiracy.
He said Imran Khan does not have the ability to rule the country, adding that this is why the people of the country rejected him as he came to power following a ‘rigged’ election. in 2018.
He said he was confident that the coalition government would work together and set the country on a steady path of progress and prosperity.
PTI dissidents in particular, Ahmed Hussain Deharr, all praised the powerful establishment, saying the army chief had proven his neutrality and love for democracy following the censorship move against Imran Khan.
“The role played by the Supreme Court is commendable. I salute the army chief for his neutrality when everything was ready for the imposition of martial law. I salute the army chief of staff because he proved his neutrality… if he wanted to he could easily have imposed martial law because people were calling for martial law, but the army complied the law and the constitution,” Deharr said.
Ghous Baksh Meher of the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) called for respect for the Constitution and to work for the supremacy of the Constitution and Parliament.
PPP’s Shahida Rehmani said her party has always fought for the supremacy of parliament and the constitution, adding that the coalition parties overthrew the “fascist” government of Imran Khan.
Rana Muhammad Ishaq of the PML-N said the former PTI government had borrowed record loans over the past four years but had not launched any megaprojects in the country.
Raja Riaz, another PTI dissident, demanded action against those who violated or abrogated the Constitution, be it the National Assembly or the Punjab Provincial Assembly.
He also called for exemplary punishment so that no one can dare to commit such an act in the future, adding that the current government should pay attention to the welfare of the masses.
Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali of Jamaat-e-Islami demanded that Friday be declared a weekly holiday instead of Sunday.
Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abbasi said parliamentary norms had been violently broken and crushed over the past four years.
He expressed the hope that the new guardians of the house would maintain the sanctity of this august house and ensure the supremacy of parliament.
He said that in the past, the House Affairs Advisory Committee had been fired by the former NA President, saying that meetings of various standing committees were held on personal likes and dislikes.
“The Standing Committee on Communications has only met six times in the past three and a half years,” he said.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2022