PESHAWAR- Leaders of various political parties from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa showed mixed reaction over the role of parliamentarians in the ongoing political turmoil as some termed it a victory against undemocratic forces while others called it dissatisfactory.
Talking to The Nation, provincial president and parliamentary leader of Qaumi Watan Party Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao said that it is a historical moment that lawmakers despite having separate ideologies have been united for the only cause of democracy and continuation of the democratic process.
He said that the parliament for the first time thwarted conspiracy of undemocratic forces and joined hands to repose confidence and support an elected prime minister of Pakistan. He said that this was constitutional responsibility of all the political parties to speak openly in this critical time. He maintained that earlier to this the parliamentarians were always blamed for political immaturity but this time they have proved that Pakistani politicians have enough maturity to trace out conspiracy of the undemocratic elements.
Provincial General Secretary Pakistan Muslim League (N) Rahmat Salam Khattak said that both ruling and opposition parties played a positive role for defending the political system. He said that parliament must maintain this tradition of unity against the conspirators.
Provincial Ameer Jamaat Islami Professor Ibrahim also welcomed the parliamentarians’ unanimous stance in support of democracy and continuation of the system. He said that Jamaat Islami always backed supremacy of the parliament and continuation of the democratic process in the country.
He also suggested the government to bring electoral reforms in order to further strengthen democratic institutions of the state. He also suggested the government to resolve the issues through democratic manner and abstain themselves from the use of force.
Pakistan People’s Party Leader Ayub Shah also hailed speeches of parliamentarians in support of democracy as undemocratic forces in the country always tried to take advantage of political instability. He said that political parties did not support the prime minister but it supported democracy in the larger national interest.
Pakistan Muslim League (N) Leader Arbab Hizar Hayat also welcomed the opposition role in the resolution of the confronted issues and said that opposition parties played an eminent role in support of democracy. He said that despite separate ideologies political parties showed maturity and proved that they want democracy in Pakistan.
When PTI MPA Ashtiaq Urmar was asked about the role of parliament in the ongoing political crisis, he said that PTI is not satisfied with the role and credibility of parliamentarians.
He said there is no one to uphold justice as those who are members of this parliament have fake mandate and we have no expectations of justice from them. He remarked that Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf would continue their struggle against usurpers and whatever happens they will achieve their political goals under the leadership of Imran Khan.