PML-N okays APC after Eid against 'fascist' govt in meeting with Bilawal
Senior opposition leader Ahsan Iqbal said Pakistan could not be treated as a laboratory for experiments after 72 years of independence and an attempt was being made to impose black and fascist laws in the country.
Ahsan made it clear that the Constitution of Pakistan was the only way to run the country and he rejected using any other mechanism for the purpose.
These remarks came as the two main opposition parties– PML-N and PPP – decided to hold an All Parties Conference (APC) after Eidul Azha and form a coordination committee to formulate the agenda for the gathering.
Ahsan was addressing a joint press conference in Lahore along with Qamar Zaman Kaira after a PML-N delegation met PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to discuss the latest political scenario and future course of action.
The leaders of the two parties, however, said they could not share the details of everything deliberated upon during the meeting. There was complete agreement between the PPP and PML-N on the failure of the PTI government, they added.
Citing the proposed changes in ATA (Anti-Terrorism Act) under the pretext meeting the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) conditions, Ahsan said the PTI government was trying to introduce fascist laws in the country and added that the opposition would oppose the attempt.
He was referring to the amendment in ATA which enable the government to imprison any person for up to six months without any formal case on mere charges of money laundering. Furthermore, the matter would be decided by the interior and home secretaries.
Any businessman, media person or political rival can be detained for three months with the period extendable by another three months, Ahsan said. The proposed legislation is worse than the NAB law and aimed at targeting the opposition, he added.
The PML-N leader also challenged the government to cite any other country in the world where a similar law is in place.
Speaking on the occasion, PPP Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira seconded the views expressed by Ahsan and remarked that the media persons should now understand what they had been saying for years, as he cited the arrest and detention of Jang/Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman.
Mentioning the cases of Khursheed Shah and Hamza Shehbaz, he said the NAB-Niazi nexus was being exposed with each passing day.
The PTI government is a prime example of how fascism works, said Kaira as he noted that the media and journalists were being silenced while portraying the political rivals as an enemy of religion and state.
Khawaja Saad Rafique and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq accompanied Ahsan while visiting the PPP chairman at his Bilawal House residence.