Adopts resolutions against PM, federal ministers.
LAHORE – Amid strong protest from the Opposition, Punjab Assembly on Monday passed a resolution against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif demanding action against him under Article 6 of the Constitution for his alleged consultation with Mian Nawaz Sharif in London over the appointment of a new army chief.
The resolution was tabled in the house by Provincial Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Raja Basharat. According to the resolution passed with majority vote, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif consulted a court fugitive in London on sensitive national issues including appointment of the Army Chief. “The prime minister’s oath prevents him from sharing sensitive matters with an unrelated person. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif himself is an accused in many cases. By taking this step, the Prime Minister of an imported government was found guilty of violating the constitutional provisions of Article 5 and 6”, stated the resolution. “Therefore, action should be taken against the Prime Minister under Article 5 and 6.
Raja Basharat also read out the constitutional oath for the Prime Minister in the House. During his speech, Raja announced that apart from the resolution, he will take further steps to take action against Shehbaz Sharif under the constitution. He expressed his surprise that prime minister met a fugitive in the London flat which was mentioned in the Panama scandal and a case was also made against him. The Opposition members shouted slogans against the PTI government for passing the resolution against a sitting prime minister.
Also, the assembly adopted a resolution against Federal Minister Javed Latif for his alleged hateful speech against PTI chief Imran Khan. After suspension of the, Provincial Interior Minister Hashim Dogar presented a resolution against holding a hateful press conference against Imran Khan by federal ministers Marriyum Aurangzeb, Javed Latif and MD Pakistan Television.
“This House strongly condemns use of religious cards in politics. If there is any harm to Imran Khan, Javed Latif, Marriyum Aurangzeb and PTV officials will be responsible for it”, said the resolution. Speaking on this occasion, Speaker Mohammad Sabatin Khan said that no hateful speech should be made. “If someone does so, he will not be a supporter of the country”, he added.
Also, Provincial Minister Ali Afzal Sahi presented a resolution condemning the raid on Senator Saifullah Niazi’s house. The resolution said that the House of Punjab Assembly strongly condemns the illegal raid on the house of PTI Senator Saifullah Niazi by the FIA. The resolution said that it was noteworthy that no female official accompanied the FIA team during the raid. “This House demands that legal action be taken against those involved in this regard”. Also, Speaker Mohammad Sabtain Khan established a two-member committee in Punjab Assembly and Iqbal House to deal with separate meetings and their expenses. Provincial Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Muhammad Basharat Raja and PML-N Chief Whip Khalil Tahir Sindhu were appointed as members of the committee. Provincial Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Muhammad Basharat Raja presented the annual reports of Ombudsman Punjab for the year 2018 and 2020 in the House. Later, the Speaker adjourned the sitting till September 21 at 3pm (Wednesday).