Unanimous resolution: Sindh Assembly wants PM to quit

PPP, PTI submit two resolutions demanding Nawaz Sharif to step down immediately

Hafeez Tunio July 25, 2017
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: REUTERS / FILE

KARACHI: Sindh Assembly unanimously adopted on Tuesday a resolution demanding the resignation of Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif. The two separate resolutions were moved by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPA Khairunisa Mughul and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Khurrum Sher Zaman.

PPP, Muttahida Qaumi Movement - Pakistan and PTI lawmakers supported the resolutions. However, Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Muslim League - Functional (PML-F) MPAs preferred to stay away and left the house a few minutes before the resolution was taken up.

Moving the resolution Mughul said, "The PM has defamed Pakistan internationally. He and his party leaders have made joint investigation team controversial and they are now pointing fingers at the judiciary". She added that the PM has lost his credibility and moral ground to run the country, so he must resign.

Sindh Assembly passes resolution demanding Nawaz's resignation

Parliamentary Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that there is nothing wrong in in-house change. "We believe in democratic dispensation and demand that incumbent parliament and government should complete its tenure," he said. He said all evidence against the PM and his children has approved that they are guilty. "The PM has no other option, but to resign without any delay," he added.

MQM leader Faisal Subzwari also supported the resolution and said his party has already demanded PM's resignation. "The entire nation is in the grip of Panama syndrome. It must come to a logical conclusion," he said, adding that the PM is facing serious allegations and the PML-N should nominate another candidate for this post till courts announce final decision. Subzwari added that the institutions must hold accountable those who have looted public money. "It is high time to get rid of corruption," he said.

"We have been crying that the PM is no longer Sadiq and Amin and the joint investigation team's (JIT) findings have also proved it," said PTI's Khurrum Sher Zaman. He criticised PML-N leaders remarks against the JIT members and said, "Now, the PM and his accomplices cannot escape to Saudi or Qatar [and instead] they will land in jail".

After an hour-long discussion, the resolution was adopted by the house unanimously, which reads, "This house demands that the PM Mian Mohammed Nawaz Sharif should step down immediately as he has lost moral credibility to hold the important post of premiership. His act of concealing the facts of declaring assets, producing fake documents before honorable SC and JIT and evading tax have shattered the confidence of Pakistan. It's therefore considered opinion that he must tender the resignation without any delay".


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Other resolutions

The Sindh assembly also passed a privilege motion against National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Director-General (DG) Altaf Bawani for criticising the assembly over repealing NAB Ordinance 1999.

Moving the privilege motion, PPP MPA Ghulam Qadir Chandio, who belongs to Benazirabad district, referred to a television talk show where the DG said, "PPP government has passed the law with mala fide intention". He said that such remarks by the NAB officer against the Sindh Assembly are an attack on the sanctity of the house. "I request to please refer this resolution to privilege committee and summon the officer," he said, adding that after 18th Amendment, it is provincial government's prerogative to make the law.

The speaker Agha Siraj Durrani put up the privilege motion in the house where majority lawmakers belonging to PPP supported it. Later on, the speaker referred it to the privilege committee.

A resolution was also passed to computerise police records in the province and start e-complaint system in the province, on the pattern of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa. The resolution was moved by PPP MPA Ghazala Siyal.



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