PML-N senior leader and Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that the government will not let anyone spread anarchy in the country, stressing that any “armed invasion” of Islamabad will be thwarted with full force.
Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly on Tuesday, Asif while referring to the PTI long march against the PML-N-led coalition government said if “armed groups” tried to spread anarchy in the country then the law will take its course. “[The government] will thwart ‘armed invasion’ of Islamabad with full force… if the writ of the state is challenged then the law will take its own course. Make no mistake,” he remarked.
The defence minister also condemned the police raid at the home of Justice (retd) Nasira, mother of PTI Senator Walid Iqbal. Asif said when political leaders make statements such as “bloody march” then arrests are made. He further said that during the previous PTI government the PML-N and other leaders were arrested on baseless charges and victimised. “When bulldozers were being driven on us, no one’s conscience was awakened.”
The PML-N leader said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was removed from power twice but he never attacked ‘institutions’ and surrendered himself before the law. “We will not let anyone blackmail Pakistan… We don’t believe in politics of abuses.” Asif went on to say that the solution to all problems lies in upholding the Constitution and asked PTI lawmakers to give resignation on the floor of the lower house of parliament. “When we ask them [PTI MNAs] to come here to resign they say they want the post of opposition leader.”
Meanwhile, Minister for Communications Mufti Asad Mahmood on Tuesday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI’s) long march to Islamabad is foreign funded and asked the authorities concerned to probe the matter. “Today too funds are pouring in for PTI’s long march that needed to be investigated. I also demand of the Election Commission of Pakistan to decide the PTI’s foreign funding case without any further delay,” he said on the floor of the National Assembly.
He was of the view that the PTI chairman had been receiving party funds from Jews and Indian nationals. He said the PTI’s protest was unjustified as its government was ousted in a democratic and constitutional way through a no-confidence motion. Mufti Asad said Imran Khan’s own children were abroad but he was using children of Pakistan as ‘human shield’ in the PTI’s protests and long march to achieve his ulterior motives.
He recalled that when the no-confidence resolution was moved in the House, Imran Khan had welcomed it saying that he was waiting for it to give a befitting response. But, later he produced a letter and blamed America for the conspiracy and now he was talking about the murder plot, the minister added.
Mufti Asad criticized the PTI government for putting the Kashmir issue on back-burner and vowed that the incumbent government would stand by the people of Kashmir shoulder-to-shoulder in their struggle for legitimate right to self-determination. He said India would never succeed in suppressing the indigenous movement of Kashmiri they launched to get rid of illegal Indian occupation.
NA passes [The International Institute of Science, Arts and Technology Bill, 2021]
The National Assembly on Tuesday passed [The International Institute of Science, Arts and Technology Bill, 2021] with majority votes after its clause by clause reading. The bill was moved by Romina Khurhseed Alim and according to its Statement of Objects and Reasons:
The purpose and objects of the establishment of the institute is to disseminate knowledge and technology and to provide education, training and research.
The National Assembly on Tuesday witnessed the introduction of ten bills which were referred to the relevant committees for further deliberations. The bills included, [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2022] (Amendment in Article- 51,59 and 106), [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2022] (Amendment in Article- 84), The Employment of Children (Amendment) Bill, 2022], [The Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2022], [The Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation (Amendment) Bill, 2022], [The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2022], [The Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2022], [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2022] (Amendment in Article- 140-A), [The Unani, Ayurvedic and Homeopathic Practitioners (Amendment) Bill, 2022], [The Federal Medical Teaching Institutes (Repeal) Bill, 2022].