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No one has right to abuse parliament: Khawaja Asif

Reacting to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s anti-parliament comments, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said every the opposition has the right to criticize the government but on one is allowed to abuse the parliament.
Khawaja Asif said that the opposition leaders who had openly cursed the parliament during rally on Lahore’s Mall Road should be summoned to appear before the National Assembly to explain their remarks.
“This House has never seen such shameful conduct,” he added.
“If those who derive their strength from the parliament curse it, then all others institutions will lose respect for it,” the minister said, adding that “those who are members of this House and want to become the prime minister have insulted it.”
He further recalled that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership has abused the parliament before as well and crawled back in the House after submitting their resignations in 2014.
Addressing the crowd during a rally organised by Pakistan Awami Tehrik protesting 2014 Model Town carnage on Wednesday, Imran slammed parliamentarians for bringing a resolution in favour of former premier Nawaz Sharif who, he claimed, was ousted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on corruption charges.
Khan said that he could have resigned as MNA long ago during D-Chowk sit-in but the parliament is a platform where people’s representatives talk about people’s issues and he alone cannot take the decision for greater good. However, he said that a parliament which moves for re-election of a criminal as a party’s head deserves to be cursed.
“You will not find a similar example in any democracy in the world where the parliament endorses that a corrupt person can continue to lead a political party,” he said.