Opp made mockery of democracy by confining speaker in chamber: Firdous


ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Monday said that the opposition have tried to use parliament as a shield and made a mockery of democracy by confining National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser in his chamber.

Addressing a press conference at Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), she said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif, who was wanted by National Accountability Bureau, was commenting on the performance of the ministers.

Terming him as Iqama Asif, she advised him to go to NAB and give an explanation for a lifestyle beyond income allegations.

She stated that “Railu Katey” from politics were trying to survive on borrowed oxygen cylinders as they had gone to Raiwind for borrowing cylinders. She made it clear that despite all pressure, Prime Minister Imran Khan would never budge from his principled stance and would never open back-door for providing them any relief.

She lamented that the opposition, which has no reasons to justify their viewpoint, started making personal attacks on the prime minister who is an honest person.

She said that the government with the support of its allies would not only get the budget passed from the National Assembly but also achieve the targets set in it.

She said it is strange that a gang who was involved in loot and plunder of national resources for the past 10 years is asking the government, which took over only 10 months ago, to be accountable for the present situation.

She was of the opinion that newly-born political leadership could not create any problems for the PTI government.

Replying to a question, she said that issuance of a production order of detained member is a prerogative of the speaker and the government has nothing to do with it. If the production orders of detained legislators are issued the government would make arrangements for their arrival in the session, she added.

She said that now PML-N leadership is calling Asif Zardari a political prisoner, while they themselves kept him in jail for several years.