LAHORE Condemning the Punjab Assembly's resolution against the media, the opposition parties, including PML-Q, PTI and JI Friday termed the move an attack on the freedom of the press, saying the resolution was uncalled for and a totally unwarranted act. The opposition leaders said the corrupt politicians had ganged up against the media for exposing their massive corruption and fake degrees. They also slated the use of abusive language by the furious parliamentarians against the media persons outside the Punjab assembly. "It is another proof of the fact that the corrupt and mendacious politicians have scant regard for the freedom of media and the independence of judiciary," they said. Reacting to the resolution, PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi announced that his party had moved a resolution in the National Assembly against what he called PML-N's fascist and anti-media campaign. He accused Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif of masterminding the move and directing his party's MPAs to handle the journalists physically outside the Punjab Assembly building with the help of police and Nawaz League's goons. Elahi called the N League's resolution against the media 'a planned act' carried out in collaboration with Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Iqbal. He said Sharifs' entire political career was replete with conflicts against national institutions, and the Friday's incident at the Punjab Assembly was their latest attempt to weaken the media, which was the fourth pillar of the state. He said the Sharifs had always resorted to arm twisting the people and institutions to achieve their ulterior motives and in the past they had attacked the newspaper offices, stopped government advertisements, ransacked journalists' homes and used all unfair methods to coerce the media and quell its voice. Elahi called the media as the true monitor and saviour of the nation's interests and assured his party's unflinching fidelity to its freedom and integrity. He demanded immediate arrest and suspension of memberships of the N League MPAs who had attacked the protesting journalists. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's Information Secretary Omar Sarfaraz Cheema vehemently condemned the resolution and condemned the use of abusive language by the irate parliamentarians against the media persons outside the assembly building. "These so called champions of democracy keep mum when people commit mass suicides, and when poor farmers of Punjab get robbed off their due share of water, and when innocent people get blown up by the terrorists; but they cry out when their counterfeit and fake degrees are exposed to the public," Cheema observed. He asked why these corrupt and deceitful politicians could not forge unity and consensus in evolving a coherent strategy to combating terrorism and economic turmoil? Why did they only come together in unison when their own skin was on the line? He further said the corrupt politicians were the birds of the same feather and were only interested in lining their pockets and feasting off public exchequer and had little regard for the aspirations of the nation. He further said media was a vital organ of the state, which had rendered commendable services for democracy and independence of judiciary. The Jamaat e Islami chief, Syed Munawar Hasan, and Secretary General Liaquat Baloch termed the resolution as an open attack on the freedom of press. In a joint statement, they said the dishonest politicians had ganged up against the media for exposing their massive corruption and fake degrees. They said, on one hand, the federal government was in confrontation with the superior judiciary while, on the other, the provincial government had opened a front against the media. "As a matter of fact, the federal and the provincial rulers can not digest the independence of the judiciary and the media and they want to stifle both the institutions," they averred. The JI leadership was, however, hopeful that the masses would protect the independence of the two institutions.