Qureshi says PTI shows extreme patience in response to Minister’s words

LAHORE: Vice Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should have stopped Defence Minister Khawaja Asif from using foul language in the Parliament.

On Monday, the joint session of Parliament saw stormy scenes as a major opposition party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, ended a seven-month long boycott of parliament. Khawaja Asif criticised the party members on their return and used harsh words against them in the Parliament.

Talking to newsmen outside the Parliament House here on Tuesday, PTI Vice Chairman said that the minister should have some sense about the importance of the parliament session.

He said that his party showed extreme patience in response to Khawaja Asif’s foul language.

Qureshi said that the policy statement given by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on the floor of the parliament was ‘hollow’ adding what Asif did yesterday turned the focus of the entire nation somewhere else rather than on Yemen.

He said that most members of the ruling PML-N thought that return of PTI in the assembly would strengthen democracy whereas Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also intended to resolve matters through dialogue but Khawaja Asif diverted nation’s attention towards political point scoring.

That act was extremely disgraceful, he added. Qureshi said that Asif panicked yesterday because rigging also took place in his constituency in 2013 general elections.

Defence Minister’s statement was of no importance that is why all members in the House ignored it, he added. The PTI leader said there is difference between parliamentary and public speeches.

Chairman PTI Imran Khan, unhappy over the minister’s scathing comments, decided not to attend the joint sitting of the parliament Tuesday. Other parliamentarians of the party, however, attended the parliament debate over Yemen. He urged the government to take the joint session ‘seriously. DNA

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