PDM Quetta Jalsa, Balochistan Assembly passes condemnation resolution

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PDM Quetta Jalsa, Balochistan Assembly passes condemnation resolution

Matiullah Khan 

QUETTA: Amid the uproar, Balochistan Assembly on Monday passed a condemnation resolution against the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leaders. The lawmakers from the ruling Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), and Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) strongly criticized the PDM leadership for what they term their anti-State and institution speeches in Quetta Jalsa (public meeting).

Finance Minister Balochistan, Mir Zahoor Buledi tabled the condemnation resolution in the house amid uproar as opposition lawmakers protested. Speaking on the feasibility of the resolution, Mr. Buledi said the language used by opposition leaders was condemnable. “No patriotic Pakistani can tolerate the language of the PDM leaders”, Zahoor Buledi said.

He said protest and holding public meetings was the democratic right of opposition parties but it should not be at the cost of the stability of the country. The opposition members were chanting slogans during the speech of the finance minister. Hot words were exchanged between opposition legislators and Mobeen Khilji of PTI during the resolution.

ANP opposed the resolution 

However, the Awami National Party (ANP), one of the coalition partners in the Balochistan government opposed the resolution. “We oppose this resolution as there was nothing against the State and institutions”, Asghar Khan Achakzai, the parliamentary leader of the party said. He said the opposition leaders discussed the issues faced by the masses during the public meeting.

Chairman Public Accounts Committee and opposition lawmaker, Akhtar Hussain Langove wanted to speak on the resolution when the speaker Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo put it before the house for voting. Thus, the house adopted the condemnation resolution and criticized the opposition leaders for their speeches in Quetta Jalsa. Especially, the treasury members lashed out at the Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam Pakistan (JUP) leader Owais Noorani for his statement.

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