Parliament backs govt in ongoing political crisis

Published: August 19, 2014
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shaking hands with leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shaking hands with leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah. PHOTO: PID


Parliamentary leaders of all major parties, with the exception of the PML-N, held a meeting in the chambers of opposition leader Khursheed Shah on Monday where they decided to play a mediatory role in settling the ongoing political crisis in the country.  As a first step, they nominated PkMAP leader Mahmood Khan Achakzai to bridge the gap between the opposition and the government.

The parties also agreed to nominate a ten-member committee to hold talks with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) to resolve the political crisis. But it was a session of observations and advice as well with some party members criticising the PTI and others blowing hot on the ruling party.

If there was unanimity of views it was on the supremacy of parliament when party representatives reiterated their resolve to protect the institution from any anti-democratic move from any side.

It was also a time for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to keep quiet and listen to what was being said. He attended Monday’s proceedings but did not speak throughout the session, instead restricting his participation to thumping the desks to applaud the decision of the opposition party leaders in finding a political solution to the problems faced by the government.

After the speeches of the parliamentary leaders, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif stood up to announce a policy statement on behalf of the ruling party. He said that the government would accept any proposal or procedure for settlement given by the opposition.

Khawaja Asif also asked the PTI to review its decision to resign from parliament and to launch a civil disobedience campaign. “The PTI should take back its decision as civil disobedience is a step against the state not against a government,” said the MNA from Sialkot.

He also informed the house that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had formed a five-member committee which will hold direct or indirect dialogue with the aggrieved parties. The committee will comprise four cabinet members: Ahsan Iqbal, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Akram Khan Durrani and Abdul Qadir Baloch. It will also have on board a special assistant to the PM, Irfan Siddiqui.

In his speech, opposition leader Khursheed Shah said that he had “all the respect for Imran Khan” and that the PTI leader’s comments against parliament can be result of “personal sentiments.”  Shah urged members of the assembly to pursue the politics of reconciliation.

“We are not a friendly opposition but we are with the system, with the parliament, the constitution and with democracy.”

Directly addressing the prime minister, Shah noted that there should not be any communication gap between the PM and his confidantes. Despite his busy schedule, the PM should take immediate decisions after consulting a few select ministers, he said.  Shah recalled with some satisfaction that former president Zardari and former prime minister Gilani would act quickly and decisively in such situations.

In his speech, Ghulam Ahmad Bilour of the ANP said that the reasonable demands of Imran Khan should be accepted and government should accommodate him to end the fiasco. At the same time, Bilour also criticised what he called the poor performance of the PTI in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Taking this cue, Akram Khan Durrani of JUI-F said that shameful change had been introduced in the province. Durrani also wondered why Sufi Muhammad, a provincial figure, was in jail for civil disobedience if the government was not taking any action against Imran Khan for the same crime.

Not to be outdone, the Jamaat-e-Islami’s Tariqullah said that his party will not ask the government to step down and instead will wait for it to complete its five years and then face the public once again. “We want to see democracy flourish,” he added. The house will meet again on Tuesday.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • A
    Aug 19, 2014 - 3:43AM

    Hence proved Zaradari and Nawaz Sharif were and are one


  • ETban
    Aug 19, 2014 - 4:14AM

    look at that wig…


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 19, 2014 - 4:16AM

    Government should provide a face saving opportunity to Imran. He has fallen into a deep hole where there is no place to make a U turn. Security forces posted at red zone outnumber PTI members three to one, therefore its impossible for Imran to move forward and his street kids around him will not allow him to retreat. The best time to arrest him is when he is at his house and PTI members are scattered. His arrest will give him another life, otherwise he will become history today and it will not be a good omen for PML(N) because future opposition leader could be smarter than Imran.


  • Aug 19, 2014 - 4:17AM

    Mughal style Co regents need to go.
    They Slaughtered 14 people at Model Town


  • Ali
    Aug 19, 2014 - 5:30AM

    Thick as thieves.


  • Ali. I
    Aug 19, 2014 - 7:24AM

    Off course thieves will protect thieves; they might be shouting each other but will never act againist each other interests.

    PPP knows if something happened to PMLN they would be prosecuted against last Govt looting & mega mega corruption projects.

    MQM has no alternative except to support PMLN otherwise 2 Dr. Imran Farooq killers will be hand over to London Police ( as promised by ch nisar ) and that will bring MQM in serious trouble.

    JI wanted to investigate 2013 election rigging truly.

    Sherpao, Asfand Yar, Fazalur Rehman efforts to resolve common people problems and restore true democracy are not hidden from all of us.

    Democratic practices of PMLN are fantastic; for example SS travel by helicopter from Punjab house to Airport and than with personal jet from Isb to Lhr on tax payer money while budget deficit for Punjab is in Millions. Such luxury travel is not available even in developed countries.

    They only way to move forward is true democracy with prosecution of looters and goons. Otherwise our future is very black. If Banu Umya, Banu Abass and many other empires have been fallen, same might happened with us.


  • Usman
    Aug 19, 2014 - 7:33AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: You’re Uncle Nawaz and Khurshid Shah just handed the next govt. to Imran on a plate by shaking hands.


  • ashraf
    Aug 19, 2014 - 7:34AM

    I hear Imran’s written a new book called how to lose friends and commit political suicide in 90 days


  • Ricky
    Aug 19, 2014 - 7:55AM

    Those who can are are regularly elected believe in parliament. Those who have no chance to win elections only have backdoor agitation to sneak in. The proof is PTI would stick to power where they have grabbed it but leave it where they have no chance to form govt even with the help of lotas and JI. How can IK or Qadri win elections when they have no presence in Sindh and Baluchistan?
    PPP, ANP, MQM and NS have won elections under different rulers including Gen Mush. While the eternal losers did not.


  • Mohid
    Aug 19, 2014 - 11:06AM

    The house will meet again on Tuesday.


  • afridi
    Aug 19, 2014 - 11:57AM

    Once a theif is always a theif

    PML(N) == PPP
    ANP == MQM
    JUI(F) == QWPRecommend

  • Ali. I
    Aug 19, 2014 - 1:07PM

    @ Ricky

    188 millions Pakistani are looking for 1 answer very eagerly at this critical time which is WHY PMLN refused to open 4 seats to verify the votes????? What’s the fear if they have a genuine mandate????? Plz can you answer!!!


  • Z
    Aug 19, 2014 - 9:20PM

    @Ali. I Sir not 180million only your 20000 in the dharna, most of which are also paid to be there. The rest of us by not attending the dharna have given our verdict and our with the government and opposition.


  • Ali. I
    Aug 20, 2014 - 7:27AM

    @ Z

    Zardari said 2013 election was RO,s election and I could be re-elected easily if get the services of those RO,s.

    Ch Nisar said 60,000 to 70,000 votes in every seat are not verifiable not in a talk show but in NA.

    How could you say 2013 election verdict was fair and transparent while current govt and opposition said it’s not???


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