Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – Islamabad/Kotli—The Pakistan People’s on Monday staged a walk out from the National Assembly against killing of its two workers during a rally in Azad Kashmir.
The PPP lawmakers entered the lower house of the parliament wearing black arm bands and chanting anti-govt slogans.
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and PPP stalwart Syed Khurshid Shah lamented that the government has maintained its old policies. “Rulers think nobody is able to hold them accountable. Despite our efforts, policy of reconciliation could not move forward,” he said.
The opposition leader also criticized the government for what he said act of terrorism carried out by the rulers against the PIA workers.”Similar course was adopted in Azad Kashmir,” Shah said.
Khurshid Shah said it was deplorable that some ministers were dictating the prime minister through their statements.
National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq asked Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid and PML-N lawmaker Shiekh Aftab to woo the opposition lawmakers.
However, the information minister refused to budge saying Khurshid Shah has presented a charge-sheet against him.
Meanwhile, responding to a point raised by Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid informed the National Assembly that the incident during the rally in Nakyal, Azad Kashmir, occurred due to attitude and provocative statements of the Prime Minister Azad Kashmir.
The minister offered Leader of the Opposition to become arbitrator and said he and the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister would bring the record of the incident before him.
He said he had great respect for the Opposition Leader and hoped that Khursheed Shah would do justice in the matter.
He said all the parties had accepted the judicial commission formed by the AJK government. “We should wait for the findings of the judicial commission.”
The minister said that his party had full confidence in the judicial commission, adding if the judicial commission held them responsible, they would accept its decision. “Those responsible for the tragic incident should be taken to task in the light of commission’s findings,” the minister said.
Pervaiz Rashid said although the commission had not yet given any report into the incident, the AJK government had arrested many workers of Pakistan Muslim League (N) besides registering cases against them. He said that the unfortunate incident occurred due to provocative language used in the PPP rally in Kotli.
He recalled that he went to Azad Kashmir first time as a political worker to meet with party workers in Bhimber on January 11. “We were given a newspaper of Azad Kashmir which carried a threatening and provocative statement of the AJK Prime Minister. We did not respond to his statement.”
He said one day he received a phone call from Prime Minister Azad Kashmir late night. He said, “the Prime Minister said something on which I said that you are holding an important office and your post does not suit the words uttered by you.”He made remarks which cannot be repeated in the House,” the minister added.
Pervaiz Rashid said posting of AJK police and maintaining law and order was not their responsibility but the AJK Prime Minister was responsible for it.
The minister said the prime minister of Azad Kashmir should know that PPP rally in Nakyal passed near the property of relatives of Sardar Sikandar Hayat. The language used by the participants of the rally caused the unfortunate incident.
Responding to a point of order, the Information Minister said fight also erupted in the public meeting of Prime Minister Azad Kashmir. People beat up each other and the reason for that was also the attitude of AJK Prime Minister, he added.
Further, Pakistan People’s Party workers on Monday protested on Shaheed Chowk in Kotli in connection with the ‘Black Day’ observed by the party.
The demonstration was also attended by Azad Kashmir PM Chaudhry Abdul Majeed during which slogans were raised against federal government and ministers.
On the other hand, police has arrested the main suspect of the incident Sardar Aqeel Khan who is Pakistan Muslim League-N Youth Wing President.
Source : Pakistan Observer