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NA passes resolution rejecting PTI, PAT's 'unconstitutional demands'

Updated Aug 21, 2014 03:52pm


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ISLAMABAD: The session of the National Assembly in the parliament House on Thursday was adjourned until tomorrow after a resolution was unanimously approved demanding supremacy of the constitution and law.

The resolution was presented by member National Assembly Muhammad Khan Achakzai.

The resolution said that the house unanimously rejects the unconstitutional demands of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri including the resignation of the Prime Minister Nawaz and the dissolution of the National Assembly.

Earlier, media had reported that Nawaz Sharif was expected to deliver a speech and take the National Assembly into confidence in his address about his government’s future plan of action regarding demands put forward by the PTI and PAT leadership.

The session was chaired by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and foreign media representatives were also summoned by the government.

Achakzai condemned the use of derogatory language by certain political leaders.

Ijazul Haq while addressing the session said that the political parties protesting should consider holding dialogue within the constitutional parameters.

He said that the government has full support of the opposition and the NA comprising of 342 members could not be dismissed upon the orders of 38 people.

He added that first time in the history of Pakistan the political parties were unified against an issue.

The session was adjourned until 11am tomorrow.

Tens of thousands of the followers of PTI and PAT had laid siege to the parliament house overnight, asking the premier to tender his resignation.

Earlier, the premier called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-i-Sadr in Islamabad and took him into confidence on the prevailing political crisis.

The premier has recently visited twice the National Assembly in months due to heightening in political tension as marchers reached the federal capital to protest against his government.

Full text of resolution

This House rejects the unconstitutional demands from certain political parties for the resignation of the Prime Minister and the dissolution of the National Assembly and deplores the extremely derogatory, defamatory and inflammatory language used by leaders and members of these parties in their speeches.

This House resolves to uphold the supremacy of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the sovereignty of Parliament, which embodies the will and the mandate of the people of Pakistan, and the prevalence of the rule of law. It reiterates its resolve to ensure that the democratic system continues to function and flourish in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.


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ash_insafians Aug 21, 2014 12:59pm

i know the members of national assembly will say PM ...not to resign because it will be difficult for them to win under fair election comission.

Shazeem Aug 21, 2014 01:26pm

Sub mill kar sooch rahai hain ka agar corruption khatam ho gai aur emandar achay log aagay to inki rotion ka kia go ga

oBSERVER Aug 21, 2014 01:26pm

One good aspect of this entire situation is that it has very brutally stripped naked many a so-called politicians Achackzai , Ejazulhaq and many more.

Sarah Rehan Aug 21, 2014 01:27pm

The demands are not unconstitutional.

Nazir Aug 21, 2014 01:31pm

Now this coward is coming to parliament...earlier he had no time from his personal business...

Kaleem Aug 21, 2014 01:33pm

@ash_insafians Salute to you Sir, for thinking it was birth right of PTI to achieve a landslide victory, and other politicians are just jokers.

Assad Faiz Aug 21, 2014 01:36pm

i don't think so. People appreciate what PML-N has done for the country and the same people also realise that Imran Khan has had a positive influence on the nation. But this is no way to conduct oneself, IK has lost all dignity and his choice of words has let him down. I hope the assemblies stay as they are and democracy reigns supreme.

A.T. Pakistani Aug 21, 2014 01:40pm

You see, here is the whole point. The entire assembly passed the resolution and rejected the demands of PTI and PAT. Its a nexus of common-interest politicians. This tells that these 342 legislatures are subservient to the Prime Minister and it is all being done in the name of 18 crore people. This is where the system goes wrong.

noor Aug 21, 2014 01:53pm

IJaz ul Haq "He added that first time in the history of Pakistan the political parties were unified against an issue."

Yes status quo was in danger, so they all stand united....

Talha Aug 21, 2014 01:58pm

The gang has decided that they would stay united for their personal interests. I wish they had the same unity when it comes to serving the nation and helping the poor nation. But that would never happen because they only serve their own interests and with unity.

irshad Aug 21, 2014 02:04pm

@oBSERVER -- and IK , Shah Mehmood Querishi, Javed Haashmi, Asad Umer( the only so called civilised member in the flock) etc etc.

Zeeshan Aug 21, 2014 02:06pm

The national assembly, Pakistan Bar Council and Supreme court bar association, all of them are united against terrorism of around 60 thousand people outside the parliament :-) Not a good day for Qadri and Imran.

Reader Aug 21, 2014 02:09pm

How many resolutions have been passed against US drones strikes. Did it make any difference? No, that's why the same applies here. Most of these are corrupt members of NA thus don't have any authority. They just want to keep their seat knowing full well that they will not get elected in a fair & free election.

Pakistani Aug 21, 2014 02:18pm

@Assad Faiz "People appreciate what PML-N has done for the country.." please name the country!

shahzad Aug 21, 2014 02:24pm

Who will bear the huge cost (financial resources and damage due to political uncertainty) of re election?...PTI or PAT...??? Kindly bear in mind that governing a nations of 180 million people is different from playing a cricket match...But people like IK and TUQ cant understand this because theirs and their families' futures are safe and secure in Canada and UK.

Imran Baloch Aug 21, 2014 02:29pm

They have shown that they are "ONE" if Status quo or corrupt system are on stake, well done Imran Khan you are a Hero. we need Allah's Help and the Almighty helps those who help themselves, go out ppl support IK, he is not out there for himself, he is there for our generations...

Last Word Aug 21, 2014 02:35pm

So, the NA also puts the final nail in the coffin of Azad march after the verdict of the judiciary and clear instructions from the all powerful establishment. Imran and Qadri should now climb down from the high horses otherwise their positions will become untenable as the demands are totally unconstitutional and NS will never agree to resign as he has got the backing from the right circles.

MAB Aug 21, 2014 02:36pm

Its IK who made them unite. Whatever kind of people they are, you must give respect to others. You must be courteous in communication and you must be sensible in making decisions. You should not think, what I think is right and what others thing is always wrong, so you must be a good negotiator. Aggression might be good in sports (like cricket) but it could not be right in politics all the time, so you must have qualities to restraint. You should point out the matters rather than personalities. Because every person is being loved by someone and followed by someone. Unfortunately, IK does not realize all such things. Not only IK, the majority of his party's members and followers also not realize such things.

Insaf Aug 21, 2014 02:39pm

Instead of engaging the political rivals in some serious discussion they are only trying to amuse the nation while telling it what is constitutional and what is not-----As constitution is the result of political act .........any amendment to enforce its continuity should not be avoided as a legitimate option keeping in view the spirit of constitution which demands protection of democracy not the continuance of outdated system which feeds on it.

JS Pakistan Aug 21, 2014 02:41pm

We are sure Pakistan will really become a free country, free from corrupt politician, free from Badshahat, free from illiteracy, free from class system. This country now is ready to change no one can stop this positive change. Imran Khan you are the hero and father of New Pakistan.

God Bless and protect You and Pakistan .

Rizwan Aug 21, 2014 02:42pm

Constitution and democracy means Rule of few elite class people and their heirs .

SalK Aug 21, 2014 02:43pm

I support PTI (voted for PTI last year), however, Imran has gone completely crazy not negotiating with PMLN. There is no need for re-elections, lets work on KPK & make it a model province & an example for the rest of us (Im in Lahore btw).

What Imran is doing is that he is aligning himself more alongside the Qadri movement than democratic one. Shame on Imran Khan & PTI.

I still want to believe in PTI & its democratic system, moving away from the dynasty that it the pathetic PMLN & PPP. But this is not the way. Very sad.

shah Aug 21, 2014 02:45pm

Good political move to keep IK isolated.

Osama Aug 21, 2014 02:49pm

Irony, NA constituting major representatives from PML N, would vote against such resolution? Nah, not possible.

Shahzad Ahmed Aug 21, 2014 02:50pm

All are vested interst group..see how they have been united when it hurts their status quo...this has to be changed...for good

Rahela Aug 21, 2014 02:51pm

IK should come to the ground realities and understand that he is not the only one democratic in this country .He himself makes big statements that they had all resigned, so far no resignation has ben submitted. Imran Khan stay realistic and true to yourself, there are no short cuts even for you .

Samad Chaudhry Aug 21, 2014 02:54pm

Sad for our beloved country. I went to see an Indian film Singham returns The character of evil Pundit exploiting masses for personal gain is similar to Mullah Qadri's character and the politician is little different from Imran Khan. Their hateful oratory may fool some of the people but it may not create another havoc called anarchy. Allah Bless Pakistan Pakistan Zindabad

Malik Achakzai Aug 21, 2014 02:58pm

@Talha democracy is in the favor of people. So it is a ground building to provide services for common man. Otherwise on the other side IK and TQ have wasted much of the public money by jamming country's business sector with their marches in Pakistan's capital.

El Cid Aug 21, 2014 02:58pm

An illegal assembly has no mandate. Void at its inception.

amjed Aug 21, 2014 02:59pm

Both parties should have 2 settle there grievences amicaby.I think political renaissence and demecratic norms are taking roots.This march with almost 8 days r abt to pass with no violence is showing that gross democratic behaviour and culture is flourshing and Insha Allah if this matter is settled amicably,then it will redirect the political and democratic history of pakistan. Pakistan paynda bad

Sohaib Aug 21, 2014 03:05pm

Ijaz-ul-haq quoted that that it is the first time in the history of Pakistan that the political parties were unified against an issue.

I would rather say that it is the first time in the history of Pakistan that these mercenaries have been threatened. The evil forces have combined against the good.

The movement will not end now till we have a new Pakistan.

Asif kamil Aug 21, 2014 03:15pm

What else should be expected from parliament !!!! Anyone surprised?? They don't want to leave their seats cos this system favours all of them ....

Anjum Arshi Aug 21, 2014 03:30pm

@A.T. Pakistani "This tells that these 342 legislatures are subservient to the Prime Minister and it is all being done in the name of 18 crore people." Same is true for the 35 odd ones who submitted their resignations to IK (although they are not going to resign, at least until it is assured that there will be another election or selection under Army control). Also, note that a few thousand hooligans are holding 200 million Pakistanis hostage to their wishes. OK, elections were not fair in Punjab? What about Karachi? Are they completely fair there? Why PTI has not mentioned Karachi once? Will next elections be conducted by angels from heaven? What is your definition of angels from heaven?

M Rafique Aug 21, 2014 03:33pm

How much amount paid to these members for a day is never exposed. One can guess about the same apart from perk and privileges being availed by them. The net out of their working as on today is one resolution, and how it benefits the nation and the country is the result of prevailing so called democracy

Haroon Rashid Aug 21, 2014 03:40pm

IK has made sure PM comes to the parliament. He only came twice in 14 months before the protests. And now he came twice in two days.

shahzad Aug 21, 2014 03:59pm

@JS Pakistan Before calling IK father of whole nation, please let him recognize her daughter.

arif Aug 21, 2014 04:03pm

This is not democracy Mr NS ,this is worse then Monarchy.

peace Aug 21, 2014 04:16pm

Shameless. United for the first time against truth and the threat of insaaf. But one day there will be true insaaf, I wonder what their plan is for that time........Day of judgment. What excuses and cover up will work then?

Gulfy Aug 21, 2014 04:30pm

IK's candidates who won + who lost are super human beings, perhaps angels and are not from Pakistan. Include the marchers in it as well. Everybody else is dishonest and corrupt. Why have we not figured out that till now ...

iftikhar Aug 21, 2014 05:09pm

what an irony, when they see that status quo is in danger they forget about all their personal differences and come together to save their personal interest safeguarded by the status quo,. Try to flash back in recent past, all these parties come together in jati Umra, when TUQ set out for sit-in in Islamabad demanding electoral reforms and implementation of articles 62, 63 prior to 2013 election. Imran regretted latter not joining TUQ at time. Did did not develop consensus over 5 years on any national issue related to development and peace and security in the country, but all of a sudden around the table and came up with joint statement that they are united to safeguard democracy ( the system that bear fruit for them, their children and coming generations). Long live SHAM democracy

M. Siddique Aug 21, 2014 05:14pm

What was the final vote tally on this resolution in the house?

Lalajeee Aug 21, 2014 05:18pm

IK keep the pressure going. All Pakistani Americans are with you. You have taken a grave responsibility and it will be a tough journey. This is your only chance to save Pakistan. May. Allah help and protect you. Aameen.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Aug 21, 2014 06:19pm

What a joke?

Nazir Aug 21, 2014 07:19pm

""The premier has recently visited twice the National Assembly in months due to heightening in political tension as marchers reached the federal capital to protest against his government."" Otherwise he would not come to parliament for which he was elected..Shame on you nawaz...

Syed Ahmed Aug 21, 2014 07:33pm

Tell the truth and shame the devil.

Napier Mole Aug 21, 2014 07:33pm

Bravo. Way to go. Time for PTI cadres to throw out their leadership for taking them into this blind alley where neither the public nor the politicians are with them.

Syed Ahmed Aug 21, 2014 07:34pm

@ash_insafians: This is naked truth.

Anon Aug 21, 2014 10:32pm

Which part is unconstitutional? Asking for a resignation or giving a resignation?

As far as I can see, neither!

SMQ Zaman Aug 22, 2014 06:59am

@M. Siddique the score was in favour of the resolution: 11-0 (or 304 MNA's of 11 opposition parties v. 38 MNA's of PTI)!

SMQ Zaman Aug 22, 2014 07:32am

To: Messrs. Imran Khan (PTI), Dr Qadri (PAT & PML-Q) & Co.

NA Resolution Result - Opposition Parties: 11 v. PTI: 1 (or 304 votes v. 38 votes)

Dawn Poll Result to-date - 65% (for) v. 35% (against); [Are you in favour for or against the PTI negotiating with the Govt.]

It's high-time to cut your losses and save dignity and respect, be reasonable, and negotiate effectively and constructively on all matters (except resignation of the PM and dissolution of the National Assembly, now deemed to be 'ultra vires' or 'illegal' by the law and the constitution) - which are negotiable and consolidate and strengthen our democracy - rather than behave like obstinate and grumpy-little children, and thereby cause further severe hardship & damage in terms of social, political & economic losses for the nation (as a whole) and esp. the immense suffering of those poverty-stricken ordinary folks (of 75m-80m living under $1.25 or Rs.125 per day, as per the UN & the World Bank, 12-18 months ago, and rising rapidly) unless pragmatism, better sense and wisdom prevails in both Camps and the Central Govt.!