LAHORE: In a tribute to Salmaan Taseer, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) parliamentary leader Major (r) Zulfiqar Gondal on a point of order lauded his services, while the Punjab Assembly offered Fateha for the slain governor.
Gondal, on a point of order, appreciated Taseer’s work for humanity and also lashed out at Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan over his stance on terrorism.
The PPP leader said that Khan claimed to be a big leader but was a “coward” and had a double standard approach. Gondal said that the PTI chief had given an interview on an Indian television program hosted by Kiran Thapar, where he was asked if he would arrest clerics involved in terrorism and he had responded by saying he had to live in Pakistan and refused to answer the question.
Drawing a comparison, Gondal said that on the other hand the late Taseer was a bold and audacious person who had carried on the enlightened policy of the party, and had boldly raised the flag regarding rights for minorities in Pakistan.
The PPP leader said that the party had appreciated the services of late Benazir Bhutto and Salmaan Taseer, and added that both families had continuously faced tragedies. He demanded that the Government of Punjab with the support of the federal government should work for the early recovery of Shahbaz Taseer.
The house on his demand offered Fateha for the slain governor.
Minorities happy with PPP because of Taseer: Riaz
PPP leader Raja Riaz, while speaking to the media, said that it was because of the courage of Salmaan Taseer that minorities were happy with the PPP, as they believed that their rights would be protected by the party.
Riaz lashed out at the Sharif brothers and said that their decision to quit the coalition government in the center, the removal of PPP ministers from the government in Punjab and the move over the Memogate scandal were done on signals from power corridors. He said that Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif’s one man show was about to end.
The PPP has not held any event in honour of Salmaan Taseer at the Governor House today. When Riaz was asked why Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa was reluctant to hold a seminar in remembrance, he said that an event should have been held, but added that the governor could give a better reply.
The provincial assembly resumed the session at 11:10am today, it was scheduled to begin at 10am.
Education Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja Rehman answered questions regarding his department.
Out of eight bills which were scheduled as the agenda of the day, seven have been passed so far. The proceedings are still on.
The following Bills have been passed:
- The Punjab Public Service Commission Bill 2011
- The Provincial Motor Vehicles Bill
- The Punjab Agricultural Pesticides Bill
- The Punjab Industrial and Commercial Employment Bill
- The Punjab Maternity Benefit Bill
- The Punjab Workers Children Bill
- The Punjab Bonded Labor System Bill 2011
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