NA discusses the prevailing situation in country

Islamabad: The National Assembly resumed its session on Tuesday with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair and resumed debate on the prevailing political situation in the country.

Taking part in the debate, Abdul Rahim Mandokhel said it is the responsibility of the government and the opposition parties to protect the constitution and the parliament.

He said a few thousand people are talking about revolution. He said there is long struggle behind the establishment of democracy in the country. He stressed the need for countering every undemocratic move.

Imran Zafar Leghari urged the PTI leadership to serve the people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and make it a model province. He said there are some elements who do not want democracy to be flourished in Pakistan. It seems that PTI and PAT are working on a specific agenda to destabilize the country.

He condemned the civil disobedience movement announced by Imran Khan. He asked the government to consider the demands of the protesting parties which are within the ambit of the constitution.

Ayesha Syed stressed the need for resolution of problems through parliament. She said we should work for supremacy of the constitution and progress of the country and counter every effort which is against the constitution and the democracy.

The Minister of State for Interior, Balighur Rehman said the government is taking different steps to address the increasing trend of use of narcotics in youth in the country.

Responding to a call attention notice of Ms. Rida Khan and others, the Minister of State said according to a survey of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, there are 6.7 million identified drug users in the country.

He said the UN has declared Pakistan poppy free cultivation country and Pakistan is maintaining this status. He said our neighbour country Afghanistan is number one in the poppy cultivation and due to porous border forty percent of drugs being smuggled from that country passing through Pakistan.

Balighur Rehman said that the cooperation of the provincial governments’ efforts are being made to include character building subject in the syllabus which would discourage use of drugs in the youth.

Mian Abdul Mannan said tax payers have rejected the call of PTI Chairman for civil disobedience. He said it is not the matter of four constituencies but the protesting parties are working against the process of development and progress in the country. He said PTI workers are fed up with his leader because of his undemocratic attitude.

Shahida Rehmani described the protest marches as a big conspiracy against democracy. She said action should be taken against PTI leadership for not safeguarding the constitution under which they have taken oath. She said PTI should support operation Zarb-e-Azb and help IDPs.

Kiran Haider said she never listen such kind of language being used by the leadership of the protesting parties.

Abdul Qahar Wadan said it is the beauty of democracy that Azadi and Inqlab marches are being held in the capital. Such things could not happen in dictatorship. He said the demands of protesting parties are undemocratic and unconstitutional.

Kamal Khan Chang said places should be specified in every city for protests and sit-ins. He said efforts should be made to hold dialogue with the protesting parties for resolving the situation. However, if they are not ready for dialogue then action should be taken against them to implement the writ of the law.

Maulana Ameer Zaman said it is unconstitutional that a Chief Minister of a province is taking part in long march against the Prime Minister.

He said our armed forces are waging a war against terrorists in North Waziristan who do not accept the constitution and the parliament. He said action should also be taken against the protesters who are talking against the constitution and the parliament while sitting in the capital.

He said they are standing with the democracy and urged the Prime Minister not to concede to the unconstitutional demands of the protesting parties.

The house offered Fateha for those lost their lives in a blast in Bajour Agency on Tuesday.

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