ISLAMABAD  -  The ‘Joint Opposition’ parties, other than Pakistan People’s Party, staged a protest over arrest of Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and warned the rulers that the PML-N would stuff jails with party leaders and workers in case political victimisation of the opposition parties was not stopped immediately.

The ‘Joint Opposition’ parties were to hold a ceremonial ‘joint session’ at the Gate No. 1 of the Parliament but when Speaker National Assembly did not allow media coverage of the ‘session’, the opposition parties were left with no choice but to come out of the Parliament premises and hold the proceedings of the ceremonial session at Constitution Avenue.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, Pakhtunkhawa Milli Awami Party, National Party, Balochistan National Party (Awami) and other like-minded groups and Parliamentarians participated in the moot.

Initially, Pakistan People’s Party had announced to join the protest by the joint opposition but later backed out probably after summoning of the National Assembly session and issuance of production order of Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly.

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qasir had also termed the opposition parties protest as uncalled for because he had not only summoned the National Assembly session on 17th of this month but also issued the production order of Leader of Opposition Shehbaz Sharif even before receiving the formal request from opposition parties in this regard.

The ceremonial joint session was chaired by Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq who had taken a black gown from one of his party lady MNA.

PML-N Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan while addressing the gathering criticised the government for political victimisation and warned that if the government would keep them pushing to the wall, the opposition would be left with no choice but to come on streets against the rulers.

The Parliamentarians also presented some 7 resolutions highlighting wrongdoings of the rulers which were all unanimously adopted by participants of the ‘session’.

Former deputy speaker NA Murtaza Javid Abbassi moved a resolution condemning the arrest of Leader of Opposition. The resolution was unanimously adopted and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq who was in the chair asked the government to release the Leader of Opposition.

Through another resolution, failures of government on economic front were highlighted and it was said that due to the wrong decisions of the government, the country had suffered a loss of Rs2,800 billion in just 55 days.

Another resolution highlighted PTI’s move to make CPEC projects controversial and condemned the move which would have direct bearing on time-tested relations of the country with China.

Another resolution was also tabled before the ‘session’, criticising the government for taking the IMF loan which would add to miseries of the masses.

Former federal information minister Marriyum Aurengzeb moved a resolution criticising restrictions being imposed on media and said that media had never seen such restrictions even in the dictatorial regimes.

All these resolutions were adopted with voice vote and pledge was made that each and every Parliamentarian from the opposition would put in his best to fight out the wrong doings of the incumbent rulers.

Addressing on the occasion, MNAs and senators from opposition parties grilled the government for taking U-turns and political victimising the opponents. They vowed to resist all such moves on part of the government and warned the rulers that if the coercive tactics against opposition would not be halted, the opposition would be left with no choice but to come on streets.