ISLAMABAD- Reacting sharply to the enforcement of Article 245 of the constitution, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) today demanded of the government to immediately withdraw its decision.
Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah dubbed enforcement of Article 245 as ‘mini-martial law.’
Shah, said that fundamental rights of citizens would get suspended with this decision of the government, adding his party was disturbed over the move.
Shah said the Pakistan People’s Party always supported democracy but by calling Army in Islamabad, government was showing its weakness.
He said that the government was in a state of ‘panic’ because of the political threat posed by Dr Tahriul Qadri, adding that PPP would continue striving to save the democracy.
He asked why the Parliament wasn’t taken into confidence before calling the military in Islamabad, adding that PM Nawaz Sharif should learn from mistakes of the past.
The opposition leader argued that if democracy derailed, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf would be responsible, and also announced a movement against the government’s move if the decision is not reversed.
A debate is continuing in the National Assembly on Article 245, under which Army is called in to help the civil administration, after normal proceedings were suspended.
Before Eid-ul-Fitr, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan announced that army will be called in from August 1 in aide of the civil administration for the security of capital Islamabad.
Source: The Nation