ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique Thursday thanked Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) for withdrawing their de-seating motions against lawmakers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
Speaking in National Assembly, the Minister termed the decision as ‘historic’ and said it would have far-reaching affects on national political arena.
He said politics of reconciliation would strengthen the parliament and make the country move forward on road to progress, prosperity and development.
Saad also appreciated the role of Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and said despite criticism by the PTI, the role played by him was remarkable.
“You never responded to the allegations leveled by the leadership of PTI and exhibited patience. Rather, sometimes the Cabinet colleagues responded to baseless allegations on your behalf,” he said.
The Minister said he and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq had jointly struggled against the dictatorship and added, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) always respected Imran Khan and MNAs of PTI.
He said the attitude of MQM was positive during a meeting held to discuss the issue of de-seating.
During the meeting, Saad said he had no answer to a question of the MQM that in future Imran Khan would not insult the political leadership and elected representatives of the masses.
He said JUI-F leader during a speech in the assembly had showed grace and flexibility. But, he said, PTI alleged that PML-N was using pressure tactics.
He complained, even that Sheikh Rashid was present at the meeting where PML-N had contested the case of PTI, but outside the Parliament he (Sheikh Rashid) claimed that PML-N was pressurising PTI.
He said telephonic conversation between Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and MQM chief Altaf Hussain was a positive development and had great significance.
He said the environment of distrust between law enforcement agencies and MQM should end.
However, he was of the view that political parties should disown militant wings, if there were any.