PPP protests as Shah barred from joining farmers rally

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party on Wednesday protested in the National Assembly after Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah was barred from taking part in the formers protest in Lahore.

“Dictator could not stop us from attending protest rallies then how others would stop us,” said Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani on a point of order. He blamed that the Punjab government blocked the roads to bar Khursheed Shah from attending the farmers protest. He said it was regrettable that the Punjab government arrested about 2,000 farmers, including the president and general secretary of the Kisan Ittehad. He said peaceful protests were the constitutional right of every person. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto could not render sacrifices for such democracy in which people were not allowed to hold peaceful rallies.

On this, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq directed Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shaikh Aftab to contact the Punjab government, get details in this regard and apprise the House. After two hours, another PPP MNA Ayaz Soomro said two hours passed but no clarification was presented in the House. If the government could not honour its commitment, then it should make promises, he maintained.

Source: Daily Times


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