Punjab Assembly wants PM tried for consulting ‘fugitive’ Nawaz

Passes resolution, saying PM cannot consult a fugitive over COAS' appointment

Punjab Assembly on Monday passed a resolution against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif demanding stern action against the premier under Article 6 for holding meetings with his elder brother Nawaz Sharif in London.

The resolution was moved by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Raja Basharat in which he accused the Prime Minister of violating his oath. “Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has consulted a fugitive Nawaz Sharif regarding national issues in violation of the constitution,” said the resolution. It further added that the constitution bars the Prime Minister from holding consultation on sensitive national issues with unrelated person(s).

“The Prime Minister has violated the Article 5 and 6 of the constitution for holding consultations with Nawaz Sharif over the appointment of Army Chief. Therefore, action must be taken against him under Article 5 and 6,” said the resolution. Raja Basharat also read the constitutional oath for the Prime Minister in the House. During his speech in the House, Raja announced that apart from the resolution, he will take further steps to take action against Shehbaz Sharif under Article 5 and 6. He expressed his surprise that the prime minister met a fugitive in the London flat which was mentioned in the Panama scandal and a case was also made against him. It is mockery of the constitution and democracy that a Prime Minister is holding meetings with a fugitive at a place mentioned in the Panama papers, he added.

Earlier, the session of Punjab Assembly started after the delay of more than two hours from its scheduled time with Speaker Sabtain Khan in the chair. Home Minister Hashim Dogar answered the queries of lawmakers related to his department during the question-hour. The House also passed a resolution against Federal Ministers Maryam Aurangzeb and Mian Javed Latif and MD PTV for holding a press conference against Imran Khan filled with hatred. The resolution was moved by Home Minister Hashim Dogar in which he said that Maryam Aurangzeb, Mian Javed Latif and PTV officials will be responsible if something untoward happens to Imran Khan. “This House condemns the usage of religious card in the country,” the resolution said, that was also backed by Speaker Sabtain Khan as he said that the speeches filled with hatred shouldn’t be allowed. Harsh arguments were also exchanged between the lawmakers of PML-N and PTI when the resolutions were being moved in the House.

Earlier, Home Minister Hashim Dogar said that Punjab Safe City Authority was an excellent project and it will be replicated in the other cities soon. “All the out of order cameras of safe city will be repaired soon and they all will be operational in Lahore in next two to three months,” Dogar said. Some treasury lawmakers also talked about poor law and order situation of the province. Shamim Aftab, a PTI MPA said that the law and order situation is very poor as looters are there on the roads as the sun sets and it has become very difficult to travel at night. The session was later adjourned to meet again on Wednesday afternoon.