ISLAMABAD – Opposition parties in the Senate have decided to create riddles in still water by announcing boycott of Presidential address to join session of National Assembly and Senate.
Senators of Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) remained held a media talk outside parliament house on Monday morning to announce their decision.
“Nawaz Sharif could not come for single session in the Senate. He has made a Guinness record. While Shahbaz Sharif is busy making world records of braking nut shells (referring to Punjab Youth Festival). We will not participate in the session,” Aitzaz Ahsan told the media personnel.
When asked Aitzaz Ahsan said that if government approaches us to negotiate we would think over it, however, so far no one has approached us.
The footage from outside the parliament clearly showed the images of Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar and Ahsan Iqbal pulling the hands of Senator Haji Adeel of ANP to come inside for the session. However, he insisted to stay with the opposition.
Another leader of PPP, Raza Rabbani, criticized the President Mamnoon Hussain and said “President could not approve eleven development projects in the budget. What good he is for?”
Similarly, the leader of ANP, Zahid Khan also objected the role of Khyber Pakhtukhuwa (KPK) and federal government in maintaining the law and order in Peshawar.
However, the senators of MQM decided not to become part of boycott. Its pertinent to mention here that MQM supported the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) backed presidential candidate in 2013.
Moreover, the dignitaries including Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee General Rashad Mehmood, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Naval Chief Commodore Asif Sandhela and Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah have reached the parliament house to attend the first speech of President Mamnoon Hussain in joint session of Parliament.