Friday’s National Assembly echoed with a strong reaction from opposition members to the remarks made by Prime Minister Imran Khan that a traitorous case should be filed against Chief Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), Maulana Fazlur Rehman, in an effort to “topple” the government.
The opposition unanimously raised voice against any such move of the government against Maulana Fazl and challenged the government “to do it if it could”.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said it would be unfair with Maulana Fazl and Khawaja Asif if a treason case was made against them. “Here most wanted terrorist Ehsanullah Ehsan escapes but cases are made only against political leadership,” he added.
He said the government should explain under what charges and reasons treason cases were being made against politicians.
Khawaja Asif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said that they[ politicians] do not need to get an Imran Khan patriotism certificate as they have given every sacrifice for democracy. “Here ex-SSP leader Karachi Rao Anwar and TTP leader Ehsanullah Eshan move freely while prosecutions against politicians are being made. Do not open such roads as risky as they are, “he said.
He said the ruler were talking about making of treason cases against him and Maulana Fazl only to divert attention from the unprecedented price hike in the country. “A treason case should be made against them [PTI leaders] who had attacked PTV headquarters,” he added.
Maulana Asad Mehmood, son of Maulana Fazl, said on the floor of the house that Article 6 of the Constitution should not apply to the Maulana, but to what he called the Prime Minister. “I challenge you[ Prime Minister] to make a case against us. We’re not going to do what[ the government] wants, “he added.
At this, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammad Khan said the government had no intention to target anyone, but Maulana Fazlhad to tell the nation who had assured him of ousting the government.