Received Martial Law threat night before no-confidence move: Bilawal
Demands formation of commission on violation of Constitution by previous govt | Condemns India’s repressive measures in IIOJK
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Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said Thursday while delivering a speech on the floor of the National Assembly that he had received Martial Law threat from a PTI minister a night before the no-confidence motion, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
While commenting on the political situation of the country, Bilawal said that former prime minister Imran Khan broke the Constitution while fleeing away. “The Constitution like a piece of paper was torn to pieces,” deplored Bilawal and called for the formation of a commission on the violation of the Constitution.
“Imran Khan thinks he is a holy cow,” said Bilawal, adding: “A commission should be formed to identify those involved in unconstitutional and undemocratic acts.”
He also flayed that every institution of the country was made controversial during last four years, adding that the previous government attacked the Constitution and democracy.
He sought investigation against those responsible for violating the Constitution, alleging that Imran Khan ruined the economy and isolated the country globally.
He also said that there had been a huge corruption during the four years of Imran government, stressing the need for collective efforts by the judiciary and other institutions for rectifying the circumstances.
Bilawal also maintained that he was threatened with martial law a night before the no-confidence motion, adding that the threatening message was conveyed through a PTI minister.
He also alleged that Imran Khan wanted to create such conditions that a third force could benefit from it, adding: “We do not believe in political engineering. Elections will be held after reforms.”
Meanwhile, the National Assembly unanimously passed against the Indian government’s Delimitation Commission on Jammu and Kashmir a resolution which was presented in the House by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
Bilawal said India illegally changed the status of Kashmir on August 5, 2019 and started resettlement of non-Kashmiris in the valley following that.
The foreign minister vehemently condemned India’s acts in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), rejecting India’s self-appointed commission for changing the status of the held valley.
“Indian atrocities against the Muslims continue in the occupied Kashmir. The BJP government has repeatedly violated international law,” said Bilawal, adding that his first task after assuming the office was to work on the IIOJK.
“The Indian Charge d’Affaires was summoned and handed over a protest note,” said Bilawal, adding that India’s unlawful acts would be raised at international forums including the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
He also maintained that the Indian forces were working to change the proportion of population in the IIOJK.
Bilawal pointed out that the former ruler was removed in a democratic way due to his incompetence and ineligibility.
“The political history of the PML-N and the PPP is in front of everyone. Differences between the MQM and the PPP are also part of the political history. The nationalist parties also have their own position. Could anyone ever imagine that we would all be together in a coalition government?” Bilawal pointed out.
“Why have we carried this weight on our shoulders?” he raised a question and added: “This situation arises when the country and the nation are facing a crisis.”
He said, “If there is emergency or a war like situation, political differences are set aside. Pakistan’s history has witnessed many difficulties. Today, there is a crisis everywhere. The situation is even worse than it was in the days of the opposition, for the former rulers wreaked more havoc than expected.”
Bilawal added, “Instead of opposing our democratic initiative, Imran Khan has attacked democracy. Imran Khan, President of Pakistan and National Assembly speaker and deputy speaker attacked the Constitution from April 3 to 9. How can this House remain silent on this issue?”