ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday termed the verdict of Supreme Court to uphold establishment of military courts a historic day and said it would have highly positive impact on country’s future.
Speaking in the National Assembly, he said the judgment was a certificate of supremacy of the Parliament.
He said that all the political parties had reservations over the establishment of military courts, but it was considered necessary to take this step for cleansing the country of the menace of terrorism.
The Prime Minister said extraordinary steps were taken in extraordinary situation, adding that the higher judiciary has ratified this step of the Parliament.
“This decision will strengthen the ongoing war against terrorism and demoralize the terrorists,” he said.
Lauding the role of Parliament for national security, progress and prosperity of the country and resolution of peoples problems with unity, the Prime Minister said this is the way forward to reach the destination.
He said the government had taken unanimous decisions on Operation Zarb-e-Azb, National Action Plan, Constitutional Amendments, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and foreign affairs, which is promoting a new democratic culture in the country.
The Prime Minister said all the democratic forces would have to play their role in strengthening the Parliament, an appropriate forum to resolve all the problems. Without mentioning the PTI sit-ins, the Prime Minister said when the Parliament is ignored and the issues are brought on the streets and crossings it affects the supremacy of the parliament. He said the people are fed up of political wranglings and wanted to resolve their problems.
The Prime Minister said that the armed forces and civil institutions are waging a decisive war against terrorists and by the Grace of Allah Almighty Pakistan is succeeding in this war.
He said the finding of the Judicial Commission is a milestone in country’s history but, “We should initiate a new beginning ahead of the milestone.”
About de-seating of PTI MNAs, the Prime Minister said during the parliamentary parties meeting, he had appealed to JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazal ur Rehaman and Parliamentary Leader of MQM, Dr.Farooq Sattar to take back their motions
He said the government made efforts with good intention to convince leadership of the two parties for withdrawal of the motions as it wanted to take along all political forces in a democratic system.
He said a committee was constituted to convince JUI-F and MQM leaders to take back the resolutions but the issue could not be resolved as per wishes of the government and other parliamentary parties.
He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML) held consultation within the party and decided that it would not support the motions, if the National Assembly went to vote on them.
He said PTI chief Imran Khan’s recent statement about the JUI-F chief had not only hurt sentiments of Maulana Fazl ur Rehman but his [Nawaz] too. These should have been avoided, he added.
Stressing the need to show open-heartedness, Prime Minister Sharif urged Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to withdraw their de-seating motions against lawmakers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) as the government wanted to take all political forces along to strengthen democracy in the country.
“I request them to withdraw the motions as it will end the uncertainty and will be beneficial to all,” he added.
The Prime Minister said contrary to that what happened in the past and during sit-ins, what language was used against the Parliament, the House is going the other way and it would made a new history in parliamentary democracy of the country.
He requested the MQM and JUI-F to review their decision about the motions and addressed the speaker to hold voting on them if taken up on Thursday.
About the recent rains and floods in the country, the Prime Minister said the federal and provincial governments were playing effective role to mitigate sufferings of the victims in this critical hour.
He said personnels of civil and military forces are fully busy in relief and rehabilitation activities, adding that the government would leave no stone unturned for complete rehabilitation of flood victims.
He added that according to the splendid traditions, the people of Pakistan will also fully help the affected people.