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Minister criticises opposition for not holding debate in NA on threats from India

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Communications Murad Saeed Friday said National Assembly should have sent a strong message to India as it was hurling threats at Pakistan but it was regretful that the opposition could not rise above its personal agenda.

Speaking at the floor of the house, he said opposition did not talk about the dangers faced by Pakistan from the border of Afghanistan and other foreign policy challenges.

He said a statement of Nawaz Sharif  was being referred to by lawyer of India in the international court in Hague and now the three time elected prime minister was branded as a traitor.

Murad said on the diplomatic front, Pakistan’s improving relations should have been discussed in the house.

He said Imran Khan took up the issue of prisoners in Saudi Arabia and now they were coming back to Pakistan and dignity of the country had increased manifold among the comity of nations.

He said first the opposition had demanded that production orders of Shehbaz Sharif should be issued and he should be made chairman of public accounts committee, then another demand came that production orders of Saad Rafique also be issued.

He held the previous government responsible for the inflated gas bills, adding the circular debt had increased to Rs 1200 billion while the deficit of gas companies had went up to Rs 150 billion.

As he was speaking, Naz Baloch of Pakistan Peoples Party pointed out the quorum.

Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri who was chairing the session asked for counting of members and as the house was not in order, he suspended the proceedings for some time.

Later as required number of members returned to the house, Qasim Suri restarted the proceedings.

Murad Saeed resumed speaking repeating that the opposition was only interested in issuance of production orders of Saad Rafique and Shehbaz Sharif.

Whenever anyone was arrested, ruckus was created by opposition in the house, he added.

He said 220 million Pakistanis and his party were standing with the army and national institutions, adding opposition should have risen above its personal interests and talked in the house about human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir.