SUKKUR -  Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khursheed Shah has said that prolonged Faizabad sit-in indicates that the government has lost its writ in the country and demanded the rulers to quit.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, Shah said that it was regrettable to see that few people have sealed Islamabad causing distress to millions of people living and commuting to the capital city. He said that the government was not exercising its constitutional powers to end the sealing of the capital which is regrettable.

“If the government cannot take action against the sit-in, it would be better for it to leave” the opposition leader remarked. As many as two million people live in Islamabad, people all over the world visit it,” he said. “If the government doesn’t want to take action against the protestors it should quit. The sit-in shows government’s weakness and indicates the end of its writ.”

Responding to a question, he said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif should follow the constitutional way which is to respect the decisions of the court. He said the former prime minister suffered because of using derogatory language. To a question, he said accountability should be across the board. He however remarked that by talking about Referendum, Nawaz Sharif is moving towards unconstitutional path.

The opposition leader demanded resignation of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on moral grounds.

He said that it was Nawaz-government, not judiciary which allowed former president General (rtd) Pervaiz Musharraf to leave the country. He maintained that the situation will worsen if Nawaz Sharif followed policy of confrontation.

The opposition leader emphasised that there should be no encroachment by institutions in each other’s constitutional mandate.   About Nawaz Sharif questioning the courts for allowing Musharraf to leave the country, Khursheed Shah said Nawaz should ask about it from his then interior minister. Shah said that in the country’s 70-year history, Pakistan Peoples Party completed its five-year tenure. “We want Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-government to complete its tenure,” he said. The PPP leader said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s demand for early elections is ‘unnecessary’.   He said Imran Khan was a supporter of referendum.

Supporting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Dawar Khan Kundi, he said that the MNA did not say anything wrong while the real face of KP police has come in front of everyone.