RAWALPINDI: On Thursday, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said both the PPP and PML-N betrayed their commitment to the Democracy Charter by opting for “undemocratic moves” and asked Maulana Fazlur Rehman to contest the upcoming elections to the Senate.
In 2006, the PPP and PML-N signed the Charter of Democracy (CoD), but their actions are now resisted. The Senate elections should be contested by Maulana Fazlur Rehman from wherever he wants and it will soothe and relax his rage and tension,’ Mr. Rashid said while speaking to reporters on the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day after a function at Government Viqarun Nisa College.
In response to a comment, the Minister said he would respond to the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) decision on a long march and no-confidence motion on Friday at Lal Haveli.
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With respect to the planned resignations of parliamentary members of the opposition parties, he said the opposition parties would not resign from parliament, and their protest would be limited to a long march against Prime Minister Imran Khan and a move of no confidence.
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He said those who threatened to withdraw from parliament should reconsider their decisions because dismissal would not bring about any reform, but would trigger political structure problems.
The minister said that sit-ins and long marches could not overturn regimes, and gave the example of the 2014 PTI sit-in that lasted 126 days.
“We staged a sit-in in front of Parliament House for 126 days, along with Imran Khan, but failed to overthrow the then Nawaz Sharif-led government,” said Mr. Rashid.
He said the PTI government would complete its remaining term of three years and it had just one year to offer since the election campaign year would be the fifth year.
Table debates are the best panacea for all issues of politics. In politics, there is no dead end and democracy will be improved by the mechanism of dialogue,” he added.
The minister said the government had passed a new bill in parliament to bring an end to cash participation in the Senate elections.
He congratulated PPP chief Asif Ali Zardari on his daughter Bakhtawar Bhutto-wedding Zardari’s and prayed for her and shared his good wishes.
Earlier, addressing the Viqarun Nisa Girls College function, the interior minister declared that this year the college would be elevated to university status. He also announced the college hostel’s Rs50 million grant.
If the college was granted university status, it will be the third women’s university in Rawalpindi.
The Minister of the Interior said that the country was united on the Kashmir issue and wanted the issue to be resolved in line with Kashmiri expectations.
In India-held Kashmir, he urged the international community to avoid abuses of human rights.
“The government of Modi is trying to make demographic changes in the valley and it is a violation of the resolutions of the United Nations,” he said.