ISLAMABAD: Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday filed a privilege motion in the National Assembly against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif for “misquoting the comments made by the government about Nawaz Sharif’s health”.
Fawad maintained that the PML-N leader misquoted the government in the National Assembly which was tantamount to a breach of the privilege of the entire house. He stressed that the matter should be discussed by the Committee on Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business.
“Khawaja Muhammad Asif quoted the representatives of the federal government and those of the government of Punjab, as saying ‘let Nawaz Sharif die’, which is a vivid misrepresentation of truth and of the decision of the Honorable Islamabad High Court regarding the interim bail of Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds,” read the motion.
The motion further pointed out that the detailed judgement by the IHC “negates the statement of Khawaja Asif, which he made on the floor of the House and that it is clear breach of the privilege of the entire House.”
Asif took the floor of the National Assembly after the government granted Nawaz a “one-time” permission to travel abroad for medical treatment for four weeks provided he submits an indemnity bond to the tune of Rs7-7.5 billion. Asif had accused the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government of resorting to political vendetta against the opposition and urged it to allow former prime minister Nawaz to go abroad for treatment.
Lashing out at the government decision, Asif said that an indemnity bond to the tune of Rs7-7.5 billion was nothing but the government must not go blind with its politics of revenge and should allow Nawaz to get medical treatment abroad.
“Nawaz Sharif does not want to leave the country. But his doctors told him that they cannot treat him here any further. When Nawaz Sharif agreed to leave the country, the government started conspiring against him,” Asif charged.
He warned that if anything happened to the former prime minister, the government would be held responsible. “Nawaz Sharif is suffering from five to six diseases. I am sure he will return to Pakistan after his treatment abroad,” he added.
Reacting to a hard-hitting speech, Fawad Chaudhry in a tweet on Friday called out Khawaja Asif for ‘lying’ in the National Assembly and announced that he intended to move a privilege motion against the senior PML-N lawmaker for making wrong statement.