Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said his party will support constitutional institutions in case of a confrontation with the government.
There will be robust resistance against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and strong support for institutions in the event of conflict, Bilawal said in a statement issued on Thursday.
His remarks came in the wake of PML-N leader Nehal Hashmi’s controversial statements against the judiciary and JIT investigating PM Nawaz Sharif and his family over his offshore investments.
Nehal’s excoriation on judiciary made grumpy opposition
The opposition has been boycotting the budget session since May 29 when the debate was initiated in the assembly.
The opposition did not participate in debate session after opposition leader raised point of order on house.
The sitting of the National Assembly started around 50 minutes behind schedule with Speaker Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.
Raising a point of order, the opposition leader said: “The budget is not people friendly and no relief has been given to different segments of society.”
Nehal Hashmi withdraws resignation from Senate
Hashmi had submitted his resignation from the Senate after a video surfaced last week in which he lashed out at “those investigating” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family.
In the video, the senator had warned that those conducting the investigation will be “taken to task” for grilling the premier’s family. Subsequently, his party membership was suspended by the PML-N.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar also took suo motu notice of Hashmi’s remarks and ordered to open a contempt of court case against Hashmi.
Hashmi has submitted a written application seeking withdrawal of his resignation.
Rabbani gives assent to withdrawal of Nehal from Senate
Rabbani said that the Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq should be informed of the development.
According to the Ruling of the Chair ─ a copy of which has been acquired by Daily Aftab Hashmi had presented his resignation from his seat in the Senate on the grounds that “due to certain circumstances”, he could not continue discharging his responsibilities as a lawmaker.
Rabbani’s ruling adds that Hashmi was directed to appear in his chambers to “make sure whether the resignation is genuine, voluntary, and he intends to abandon his seat in the Senate.” However, the senator had stated “a variety of reasons including extenuating circumstances” and requested his meeting with the chairman defer.