There is no let up in political uncertainty in Pakistan and country’s parliament is holding an emergency meeting to discuss the prevailing situation.
Islamabad, Sept 2/Nationalturk – The political uncertainty continues in Pakistan and country’s parliament is holding an emergency meeting to discuss the situation that has arisen following protests by thousands of people demanding resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Thousands of supporters of two opposition parties — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led by cricketer turned politician Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) of cleric and politician Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri – are staging sit-in outside country’s Parliament.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led by cricketer turned politician Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) of cleric and politician Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri have been staging “freedom” and “revolution” marches since August 14 outside country’s Red Zone housing Parliament, PM House, President’s House, Supreme court and embassies of some countries. They are demanding resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Khan and Qadri are not officially allied but both are calling for the ouster of a government they condemn as corrupt, which came to power after a sweeping General Election victory for the party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last year.
Imran alleges that last year’s election were rigged
Khan alleges that last year’s general elections in the country were rigged while Qadri has been demanding registration of FIR and dismissal of PM Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, who is Chief Minister of Pakistan’s populous State Punjab of death of 14 of his supporters in police firing on June 17.
On Saturday evening, police used force to when the protestors tried to march towards Prime Minister’s residence. At least three protestors were killed and over 600 injured in the police action. The police action has been widely condemned and country’s army has asked the civilian government to resolve the issue politically and don’t use force against the protestors.
Pakistan’s Parliament is holding a joint emergency session to discuss the deepening political crisis that has triggered violence and brought the powerful army at the centre stage.
By convening a joint session of parliament, where Sharif has a solid majority, PM Nawaz Sharif will try to reaffirm that he is fully in control of the situation and won’t resign.
Protests are rebellion against country: Interior Minister
While addressing the session, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the ongoing protests led by Imran Khan and cleric Qadri area rebellion against the country.
“Some people are fooling the nation by giving references of western democracy. The nation is at one side while the protesters are at the other,” he said adding PTI and PAT led protesters stormed the state buildings yesterday.
Nisar alleged that PAT and PTI protesters are trained terrorists equipped with batons and axes.
The opposition PPP senior leader Aitzaz Ahsan said parliament was standing with the prime minister and government would not fall.
He, however, criticised the government policies, and slammed it for not tackling the Model town incident and protest sit-ins in Islamabad properly.
Aitzaz asked the government to review its performance and policies to resolve the current crisis. “The protesters would not have taken to the streets of Islamabad had there been no Model Town incident, where 14 civilians were killed by policemen”.
He also alleged that large scale rigging took place during 2013 general elections in the country.
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