MPs vow to resolve crisis through dialogue


Parliamentarians on Tuesday continued discussion on the prevalent political situation in the country and appreciated the unity shown by all political parties for the sake of democracy and supremacy of Constitution and expressed confidence that the current political turmoil will be overcome through dialogue.

Taking part in the debate during a joint session of Parliament, Senator Abdur Rauf said that unity and harmony shown by political parties in the current political crisis for the protection of Parliament and the democratic system is unprecedented in the country’s history.

“All political parties have given matchless sacrifices for the cause of democracy in the country,” he said.

Warning that any deviation from the Constitution will be fatal for the federation, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s demand for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation is both undemocratic and un-constitutional.

Senator Muzaffar Hussain Shah said his party Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) fully supports Sharif as the elected PM. He warned that any step contrary to Constitution and parliamentary norms would push the country into anarchy while demanding that the government should ensure electoral reforms by introducing bio-metric system and establishing an independent election commission for free, transparent and credible elections in future.

Senator Kalsoom Parveen said that the process of dialogue should continue for resolution of current political crisis. She said all the parties are united for democracy and nobody can force the PM to resign.

Briefing the joint session about the flood situation, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that despite limited resources, the government is making all-out efforts for the relief and assistance of the people affected by rains and floods and called upon all political parties to respond to the current crisis without politicising it.

The House will be convened again at 11am today.

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