The National Assembly on Thursday condemned the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and the Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid for cursing parliament in the multi-party opposition protest held in Lahore on Wednesday as it adopted a resolution against the two leaders. Speaking on the floor of the house, Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif said Imran Khan’s speech showed the height of his frustration. He said all the PTI lawmakers draw privileges and salaries from the same house against which they use such disrespectful language. Leader of Opposition Khursheed Shah referring to Khan’s comment, asked: “Do you want to lock parliament and invite dictators through such language.” He said his party gave sacrifices for the same parliament and it was painful to hear such remarks. “You cannot enter the corridors of power through such antics because you are deriding the same institution in which you want to enter for premiership,” he added. Awami National Party’s Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said he did not care about the AML leader but remarks coming from a leader like Khan were unbecoming to a person of his stature.
Hitting back at the criticism over his remarks against the parliament during the rally in Lahore, Imran Khan said he used light word ‘Laanat’ (curse) and even wanted to use harsher word but controlled over it. “You will not find a similar example in any democracy in the world where parliament endorses that a corrupt person can continue to lead a political party,” he added.
Though Imran tried to explain his words, but there is no second opinion that such disgraceful remarks were not expected from a leader of the stature of Imran. This is not the first time; Imran had used condemnable words and language in the past as well. Sadly using harsh language is a common practice in Pakistani politics, but this practice must be discouraged. Imran Khan should realize that there is no second way to come into power but through the Parliament. He usually critics political opponents that is fair enough, but cursing the Parliament should strongly be discouraged.
This is elections year, tiring political campaigns are expected to take place soon. It is expected that PTI has a fair chance to finally win power at the federal level, considering this it would be in the best interest of PTI if Imran reconsider his harsh tone while addressing public rallies. Using indecent language can give a point to his opponents to unnecessarily criticize him and his party.
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