I do not consider Ayaz Sadiq NA speaker: Imran Khan

Published: September 8, 2016


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan announced that due to Ayaz Sadiq’s partiality over the disqualification issue, he no longer considers him as the National Assembly speaker.

“From today I will refer to him as Ayaz Sadiq instead of NA speaker,” Imran said, while adding that instead of progressing, democracy is constantly declining in Pakistan. Following Imran’s remarks, PTI parliamentarians staged a walkout from the House.

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“People are losing trust in the country’s democracy,” he said, while addressing the National Assembly on Thursday. Imran said the struggle for democracy in Islam began with first two caliphs facing accountability trials in courts.

“Today, the West is ahead of us just because their prime ministers are accountable to the public..several world leaders had to resign because they lied to the people of their country.”

Imran lamented that fact that the NA Speaker was not present in the assembly. “I am disappointed that Ayaz Sadiq is not here in the assembly because I wanted to ask him some questions.”

“By closing doors of justice to the people, the state institutions open doors of anarchy in the country,” Imran said.

Taking a jibe at premier Nawaz, the PTI chief claimed that instead of answering people on the Panama Leaks issue, the prime minister is busy inaugurating development projects.

Delving into the issue of rigged elections, the PTI chief said, “We cannot have free and fair elections until we punish those who have been involved in rigging.” He stressed that democracy only progresses with strong institutions.

Days after the National Assembly speaker dismissed all references seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Imran attended the National Assembly session to question the decision.

“Passing a reference against me [Imran Khan] and denying one against the prime minister has hurt the credibility of the parliament,” Imran said before the House.

NA speaker turns the tables on PTI

Referring to the issue of ToRs and inquiry over the Panama Leaks issue, Imran said, it is the opposition’s right to raise voice against the government’s violation of laws.

Imran Khan addresses the media outside Parliament. EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

“After the premier offered himself for accountability on this forum, the opposition prepared ToRs with mutual consent, soon after which PM Nawaz backed out.”

“We have waited for five months for an inquiry into Panama Papers,” he said while adding that PTI lodged a reference for PM’s disqualification with the speaker only after waiting for five months.

“However, a counter reference was filed by the government for my disqualification,” he said. “I am being targeted for pointing out corruption in the ranks of government and state institutions.”

The PTI chief urged the ruling party’s parliamentarians to demand accountability from the prime minister instead of criticising the opposition parties. “Today, Pakistan’s future is at stake. As a Pakistani I request you to think about your country. Your country is failing. In the end you will be answerable to God, not Nawaz Sharif,” he said.

Later, talking to media outside the parliament, senior PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi thanked all opposition parties for supporting PTI’s stance in the House.

Addressing the media before arriving at the Parliament House, Imran said, “PM Nawaz is destroying state institutions and in order to save democracy, we must protect these institutions.” He also said that he would raise the issue of references before the assembly.

Ayaz Sadiq dismissed on Monday all references seeking disqualification of PM Nawaz, while sending similar references against two leaders of the PTI to the top poll supervisory body for action.

“After looking into the eight references I had received, I referred two to the Election Commission of Pakistan,” said Sadiq, who belongs to the ruling PML-N, on Monday as he sent the references against PTI Chairman Imran Khan and his senior aide Jahangir Tareen to the ECP for further ‘action as per the law’.

“It is the ECP which has to take a decision on my recommendations within 90 days,” he added.

Further, the debate over Sadiq’s ‘partisan ruling’ in a spate of disqualification references may ultimately be decided in court, with the PTI announcing on Wednesday that “it was weighing the option”.

PTI mulls challenging NA speaker’s ruling

“It’s possible that the PTI may exercise the option of moving the court of law against the decision of the speaker,” PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said while talking to The Express Tribune.

Sadiq after receiving eight references – four against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, two against Imran Khan and one against Jahangir Tareen – had authored a detailed ruling, commenting that the documentary evidence ‘did not add up’ in all but two references that he referred to the ECP.

Incidentally, the two references that he sent to the commission targeted the PTI leaders. The opposition – particularly the PTI and the PPP – strongly protested against the speaker’s ‘partisan attitude’.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • BrainBro
    Sep 8, 2016 - 12:21PM

    Imran talks of democracy after attacking PTV and the parliament building. He only wants to become the PM at all costs.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Sep 8, 2016 - 12:49PM

    He was never the NA Speaker for me from day 1. Coz I knew he came with rigged votes.Recommend

  • Uncle Tom
    Sep 8, 2016 - 1:28PM

    “Imran said, while adding that instead of progressing, democracy is constantly declining in Pakistan.”

    Ironically, He said this while trying to overthrow an elected Govt… Recommend

    Sep 8, 2016 - 1:30PM

    And I do not consider Imran Khan the PTI Leader nor a member of the NA. HE IS DRIVEN BY HATE AND MADNESS.Recommend

  • Average Pakistani
    Sep 8, 2016 - 1:49PM

    And we certainly do not consider panama Nawaz our pm. Recommend

  • Tahir Iqbal
    Sep 8, 2016 - 1:56PM

    Imran Khan is Stupid man. His Party Popularity is declining day by day.. He is confused man.Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Sep 8, 2016 - 2:09PM

    One of PTI’s founding member since early days have accused PTI of money laundering and illegal foreign funding. Imran Khan on the other hand continue to resist his moves and insists that no one have the right to demand scrutiny of his party’s account and foreign funding.

    Now even Cheif Election Commissioner has caught and questioned Hypocrisy of Imran Khan (infamous for his shameless U turns) . While in foreign funding case of PTI filed by senior ex founding member of PTI, Imran says that election commission has no jurisdiction and authority to question and investigate his party’s illegal foreign funding while in panama papers in which Prime minister isn’t even specifically named,Imran insists that election commission has authority to investigate or question PM. Recommend

  • Nosheen
    Sep 8, 2016 - 2:17PM

    Mr. Niazi, your consideration is of no importance. People of Pakistan elected PML-N. You are nothing.Recommend

  • Sabi
    Sep 8, 2016 - 2:24PM

    Your kind of democracy has failed and therefore defeated in Afghanistan and FATA – Didn’t you support it ? yes you did it and you continue to do it so we just don’t care. Pakistan is moving forward.Recommend

  • RF
    Sep 8, 2016 - 2:26PM

    NA Speaker is going bonkers. How can a NA Speaker be a party member never heard of that before. Recommend

  • Sabi
    Sep 8, 2016 - 2:32PM

    And we don’t consider you a genuine politician from now on we will call you
    Greedy Khan.Recommend

  • Hamid
    Sep 8, 2016 - 2:32PM

    No worth of this stupid statement. Ayaz Sadiq is speaker of National Assembly.Recommend

  • faisal
    Sep 8, 2016 - 2:46PM

    Un-democratic statement. Such statements hurting PML(n) voters.Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Sep 8, 2016 - 2:47PM

    Once again this man appeared in fake parliament by his own words. Now he wants to catch perks & privileges from FAKE assembly.Recommend

  • Salman Khan
    Sep 8, 2016 - 3:35PM

    Wow, maryam brigade in full flow here. Recommend

  • bilal
    Sep 8, 2016 - 5:17PM

    Pakistan Khan at his best.
    PMLN munafiqeen have of course no cureRecommend

  • Ravian
    Sep 8, 2016 - 5:44PM

    This is the most illogical statement by Ik . He is now totally irrational . He had a chance to bring enlightenment to Pakistan. He lost it…now completely. There are very capable people around him like Shah Mehmood and ms Mizari . Even they cannot control his strange behavior . Sad state of affairs . Essentially means Sharifs in Punjab zardari in Sind Mqm in Karachi. Kp and blochistan same old same old . Hopes for change rest on next generation .Recommend

  • masoom
    Sep 8, 2016 - 6:03PM

    He should be bold enough to declare he does not consider chief justice of supreme court as register rejecting his application against NS and many other institutions because they are not doing or taking actions as he desiring ! His hue and cry for forwarding reference suggest he is not honest rather pseudo honest. if he is clear why he is crying and weeping! he should welcome and face it and get clear to make govt ashamed! Recommend

  • Kickass
    Sep 8, 2016 - 6:14PM

    you no Brainbro your peabrain alongwith his team of goondas physically attacked Supreme Court. Judges had to run for their life and courts were ransacked.So much for your ……democracy!Recommend

  • Original Raghu
    Sep 8, 2016 - 6:31PM

    Haha. First he wins 2014 election than is re-elected again from the same constituency after beating PTI under army supervision. Have some sportsmen spirit.
    And yes stop using my name:)Recommend

  • Saleem
    Sep 8, 2016 - 8:49PM

    The Ruling Family is headed towards a self granted NRO. Recommend

  • Ally
    Sep 8, 2016 - 9:20PM

    hard to understand ..will ppl ever come out of regionalism and start voting in the best interests of country? ALAS not in my life time.. It’s true Pakistanis love corruption kings and gang cultures. They never want to change themselves due to laziness and victim mentality.Recommend

  • Mohammed Sattar
    Sep 8, 2016 - 10:32PM

    @Uncle Tom:
    An elected government?
    Good joke. Recommend

  • Mahnoor
    Sep 8, 2016 - 10:32PM

    PTI is doing all drama due to one fear. They think that If PML-N rules for complete 5 years, then PTI will have no chance in the next elections.Recommend

  • pakistani
    Sep 8, 2016 - 10:33PM

    IK, If you really want democracy, let this Govt work some time,
    Also make your KPK Govt Model for other provinces.Recommend

  • haroon shah
    Sep 8, 2016 - 10:59PM

    No hope from PTI. Their strategy is to destabilize democratic system in Pakistan. Biggest shame for PTI. I treat them as enemy of Pakistan. They are ignoring KPK and at the same time trying to destroy Pakistan’s economy.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Sep 8, 2016 - 11:31PM

    Niazi should ask if any sane person on planet earth even consider him to be a human being. A mere MNA from some backwater constituency of Rawalpindi should thank his lucky star that he got into the NA by fluke and with the help of “Farishtas” back in 2013 otherwise keeping his mental disposition in mind, he would even have a hard time finding admittance in a mental asylum.Recommend

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