Tuesday, January 31

Senate: (Country’s enemies trying to create rift between sects, ethnicities: Senate told)

ISLAMABAD:The Senate on Friday resumed discussion on a motion moved by opposition members regarding government’s crackdown on the opposition workers.

Taking floor of the House, Senator Mohsin Aziz said it is unfortunate that some of the parliamentarian consider themselves a sacred cow. He said he presented himself before National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for his alleged role in the lease of land in Malam Jabba, Swat.

Speaking on the occasion, Senator Sassui Palijo criticized the government for allegedly targeting opposition for its political gains. Senator Usman Khan Kakar said government is lodging fake FIRs against PDM workers.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said enemies of the country are trying to create a rift between sects and ethnicities. Winding up discussion on a motion, the Minister of State said opposition’s remarks about crackdown on opposition’s workers are unfounded. He said public has rejected the opposition during their public gatherings.

Leader of the House, Senator Shehzad Waseem in his remarks said allegations from the opposition are absurd and baseless. He said opposition is trying to blame government for their failures when they were in government.

The Leader of the House said people of the country have rejected opposition’s narrative. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan had predicted that all opposition parties will be united to protect their own vested interests. The Leader of Opposition Raja Zafar Ul Haq said government should accept criticism openly. Those who also spoke on the occasion included- Manzoor Kakar, Maulana Atta-ur-Rehman and Tahir Bizenjo.

Earlier, Nusrat Shaheen of Balochistan Awami Party took oath as Senator today (Friday). Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani administered the oath to her. Nusrat Shaheen was elected unopposed from the province against a vacant seat after the death of Senator Kalsoom Parveen due to Covid-19. The House will now meet again on Monday at 3: 00 pm.