ISLAMABAD – Revealing the next course of action, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Thursday said that joint opposition in the Lower House of the Parliament would strongly resist any attempt by the treasury benches to bring a resolution or confidence motion in Friday’s session.
Leader of the Opposition remarked that any such resolution or trust vote move would be tantamount to undermine the higher institutions of the country including the judiciary as well as the military and opposition would not let them do so. Coming down hard on the incumbent government, he said, “to save the incumbent regime means to negate the democracy”.
Ch Nisar, while talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, said Thursday’s meeting of the opposition parties sitting in the Senate and the National Assembly, held in his chamber before the start of the NA session, has agreed that they would resist and fight tooth and nail to thwart any resolution or confidence motion in support of any person from the treasury side.
The parliamentary heads of opposition parties including Maulana Fazlur Rehman of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Professor Khurshid Ahmed from Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Salim Saifullah Khan of Pakistan Muslim League-Likeminded (PML-Likeminded) and Aftab Ahmed Sherpao of Pakistan People’s Party - Sherpao (PPP-S) attended the meeting besides PML-N.
“We will not permit the government to get passed such resolution that will point fingers on the institutions of the state,” he said. The government has left no stone unturned to defy the superior judiciary decisions and to start confrontation with the military, he said adding, now it was hell bent to disgrace the Parliament and they would not permit them to do so.
“The parliamentary parties of opposition, sitting in both the houses of the Parliament, have agreed on four-point agenda in meeting and PML-N has invited the opposition parties for further deliberations at a meeting to be held on Friday,” he said.
Elaborating the four points, leader of the opposition said that firstly opposition had agreed that the present state of confrontation prevailing in the country should be avoided in the greater interest of the country and no more step should be taken that could aggravate the situation. Secondly, all the decisions of the Supreme Court should be implemented in letter and spirit. He said the opposition had also agreed it would neither support nor facilitate any unconstitutional step. The fourth point agreed in the meeting was that holding of fresh elections was the only way to steer the country out of the present crises as a single party could not solve these complex issues faced by the country, he further said.
Senior PML-N leader said that Friday’s meeting of the opposition would discuss a roadmap for the immediate elections in which nationalist parties of Balochistan and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) had also been invited.
Ch Nisar said the opposition had also boycotted the Thursday’s meeting of House Business Advisory Committee that held before the start of the fresh session on the plea that the fresh session had been summoned without taking them on board, without any schedule and without any logical reasons. He termed it a conspiracy against the Parliament to summon the session of the Lower House by the government just to use the floor of the house to settle its personal vendettas and to use it pitch the state institutions against each other. “We will not let the government use the floor of the house to conceal their mistakes,” he added.
To a question about how would they oppose the resolution as they had no numerical strength in the Lower House, he said that oppositions ‘s action in today’s session would prove how they did so.