NA Condemns Remarks against Parliament

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ISLAMABAD, Jan۔18(APP):  The National Assembly adopted a resolution on Thursday condemning the remarks against the Parliament at a political gathering in Lahore.

The house met today with Acting Speaker Murtaza Javaid Abbasi in the chair at Parliament House.

The National Assembly today passed a resolution denouncing in strongest terms the insulting language used by PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Chief of Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rashid Ahmad in yesterday’s public gathering in Lahore.

The resolution moved by Minister for Education Baligh-ur-Rehman said the two leaders who themselves are members of the parliament through their derogatory language tried to hurt the sanctity of the constitutional and sacred institution.

It said that the parliament is the representative institution of two hundred million proud people of Pakistan. In fact by using the abusive language, the two leaders tried to insult the people of the country which is condemnable.

Rising on a point of order, the foreign minister strongly regretted the insulting language used by PTI Chairman Imran Khan against parliament in yesterday’s public meeting in Lahore.

Khawaja Muhammad Asif said one may resort to harsh criticism against the government or the individuals but nobody could be allowed to attack the supreme institution of parliament.

He said the PPP and the PML (N) have given huge sacrifices for the democracy and it is our responsibility to protect the sanctity of the parliament.

In his remarks, Leader of Opposition Khurshid Shah condemned the abusive language used against the parliament by the PTI Chairman.

He said those criticizing the parliament have no future in politics.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that Pakistan does not desire any tension in relations with any regional country including Bangladesh.

Responding to the queries of the members in the National Assembly today [Thursday] about relations with Bangladesh, the foreign minister said that Islamabad has been making efforts for normalization of relations with Dhaka.

He however said Bangladesh is not implementing the tripartite agreement of 1974 and over the last few years several capital punishments have been executed in connection with the 1971 war.

He said Pakistan has consistently urged the Bangladeshi government to uphold its commitment as per the tripartite agreement. He said Pakistan desires to move ahead but the other side will also have to reciprocate to our efforts.

The foreign minister said the sixth round of the bilateral political consultations with Bangladesh is expected to take place in the first half of this year in Dhaka.

He expressed the confidence that this would provide an opportunity to strengthen the bilateral relations.

The house now has been adjourned to meet again tomorrow morning at 10:30 am.

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