NA passes resolution condemning Imran's anti-parliament remarks

Speaking to the media in Lahore, Shah said his party [Pakistan People's Party] dismisses remarks made by Imran, where he had criticized the parliament. "100 percent", Qadri said.

PTI Chairman and Awami Muslim League were free to announce resignation from the National Assembly but abusing institutions and that too which is considered to be the symbol of democracy, is indeed regrettable.

The day saw rivals Asif Ali Zardari and Imran Khan pointing fingers at the ruling PML-N for their alleged anti-state activities and police brutality in Kasur and Model Town incidents. He said the PPP had always honoured and struggled to strengthen the august house and will continue to do so in future.

During the rally, Rashid had repeatedly cursed the parliament and announced his resignation from his National Assembly seat, prompting Khan to consider quitting the assemblies on the grounds that parliament had lost its utility in protecting people's rights.

He said that it was the parliament, which made Pakistan's atomic power, passed 18th amendment, transferred the powers to provinces and made legislation for the welfare of the common men.

Addressing the house, Khursheed Shah denounced words used for parliament. "The opposition has already tested such tactics in the past but failed to achieve its goals", he said in an interview.

Earlier on Thursday, Minister of Railways Saad Rafique said that the ones abusing the elected parliament should apologise to the nation.

However, it was not just the political leadership which criticised Imran Khan over his unsavoury remarks about the parliament.

Despite all criticism coming from strata of society, Imran Khan refused to budge from his comments. They must have full control over their minds, actions and use appropriate words to express their opinion with wisdom and dignity. "When a Parliament, which must protect nation's interests, passes a person-specific law allowing a disqualified person guilty of Rs3 billion money laundering, tax evasion, concealment of assets, forgery and perjury to become head of a pol party, then such a law is a "laanath" on Parliament", he wrote. If anyone disagrees, I challenge them to do a public poll on what people think of such a parliament.

Chairman and renowned former cricketer Imran Khan has said meeting US President Donald Trump would be a "bitter pill" to swallow should he become Pakistan's prime minister in the elections scheduled to be held this year.

  • Rogelio Becker