ISLAMABAD, Feb 22 (APP):Minister for Communications Murad Saeed Friday said National Assembly should have sent a strong message to India as it was hurling threats at Pakistan but it was regretful that the opposition could not rise above its personal agenda.
Speaking at the floor of the National Assembly, he said opposition did not talk about the dangers faced by Pakistan from the border of Afghanistan and other foreign policy challenges.
He said a statement of Nawaz Sharif was being referred to by lawyer of India in the international court in Hague and now the three time elected prime minister was branded as a traitor.
Murad said on the diplomatic front, Pakistan’s improving relations should have been discussed in the house.
He said Imran Khan took up the issue of prisoners in Saudi Arabia and now they were coming back to Pakistan and dignity of the country had increased manifold among the comity of nations.
He said first the opposition had demanded that production orders of Shehbaz Sharif should be issued and he should be made chairman of public accounts committee, then another demand came that production orders of Saad Rafique also be issued.
He held the previous government responsible for the inflated gas bills, adding the circular debt had increased to Rs 1200 billion while the deficit of gas companies had went up to Rs 150 billion.
As he was speaking, Naz Baloch of Pakistan Peoples Party pointed out the quorum.
Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri who was chairing the session asked for counting of members and as the house was not in order, he suspended the proceedings for some time. Later as required number of members returned to the house, Qasim Suri restarted the proceedings.
Murad Saeed resumed speaking repeating that the opposition was only interested in issuance of production orders of Saad Rafique and Shehbaz Sharif.
Whenever anyone was arrested, ruckus was created by opposition in the house, he added.
He said 220 million Pakistanis and his party were standing with the army and national institutions, adding opposition should have risen above its personal interests and talked in the house about human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
The minister said Pakistani lawyer in Hague proved with facts the case against Kulbhushan Jadhav. However, the Indian lawyers referred to the statement of Nawaz Sharif who always remained silent on the issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Modi came to the marriage of Sharif family and Sharifs said that they had personal relations with India, he recalled.
The minister said opposition was only talking about arrest of its leaders while the PTI government set up shelter homes for the poor people and took other measures for providing relief to the common man. He asked opposition to stop using abusive language, legislate on matters of public importance and focus on real issues faced by the people.
Murad Saeed said PTI government would bring back the looted wealth and his ministry had already recovered Rs 950 million from corrupt elements.
PMLN member Shahid Khaqan Abbasi earlier spoke in the house and apologized to Speaker Asad Qaiser for making a misstatement about him in a television programme regarding National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
He said the way Speaker of a federating unit Sindh was taken into custody and his house was raided, posed a danger to democracy.
Speaker Punjab had similar cases against him, he said adding the people of Sindh would ask questions about the way Speaker Sindh Provincial Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani was arrested.
He said PMLN would be consistent about its position that persons holding constitutional posts should not be arrested in such a manner.
He said production order of Saad Rafique was still not issued. The authority was given to Speaker that if the executive did not allow a member to represent his constituency in the parliament, he should issue the production orders.
The Speaker was custodian of the house and it was his responsibility to issue the production orders, he stressed.
He said the house did not initiate a substantive debate in the last six months on issues of economy and matters being faced by the public.
People from his constituency came to him with inflated bills, the PMLN leader said adding the issue of inflated bills should be resolved. He said people were burdened with inflation and the economy was in dire straits.