NA session marred by protest as opposition demands PM’s resignation

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: A day after the Panamagate verdict, the opposition heavily staged a protest in the National Assembly, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation.

The House unanimously announced on Friday it would not accept the premier as the leader of the House in the wake of the adverse judgment made by the five-judge bench.

According to the verdict, there wasn’t enough evidence to disqualify the premier, but he and his sons will still have to appear before the JIT, comprising members of various government agencies, to explain how they came to acquire their foreign assets.

The opposition member gathered around the Speaker’s dais and tore copies of the agenda. The protest continued for at least 14 minutes.

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Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah reiterated that two senior judges of the apex court ordered to disqualify the premier while the rest had not opposed the former. He demanded from the PM to “resign to save the parliament, the system and democracy in the country.”

“The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is just a farce. Which subordinate would dare to investigate his master,” he asked referring to the verdict that the premier will have to appear before the team.

Later, the eighth sitting of the 41st session was prorogued for an indefinite period.

The House, chaired by Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi, met for merely around 20 minutes. Parliamentary leaders of PTI, PkMAP, JI, AML and ANP attended the sitting. PTI’s chairman Imran Khan also attended the proceedings after a prolonged absence from the lower House. He was, however, not allowed to speak.

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Throughout the proceedings of the session, the treasury benches have been facing a lack of quorum, with the sitting adjourned five times. On most occasions, the agendas could not be taken up as the government failed to meet numbers during the session which has now been prorogued for an indefinite period.

ing the session, Imran Khan announced he would lead protests demanding Sharif’s resignation, saying the PM had lost the moral authority to stay in office while under investigation.

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