Nawaz advised to brief political leadership on security concerns

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader in the National Assembly, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah of PPP has said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was not attending Parliament sessions, perhaps due to security concerns. Talking to reporters in his chamber on Tuesday, he said that it appeared as if security officials had told Mr Sharif about the lack of security at the Parliament House. Mr Shah, in reference to last week’s incidence when Sikh protesters barged inside the premises of the Parliament, said the episode had exposed the interior ministry’s claim of putting in place foolproof security arrangements in Islamabad’s red zone.

The prime minister, Mr Shah said, was not aware that most of the problems his government was facing would be resolved once he began attending the sessions regularly.

The opposition leader advised the prime minister to take into confidence the national leadership on the situation, the country was facing.

The PPP government, despite encountering grave challenges, arranged two briefings for parliamentarians by military authorities during its tenure, he said.

Besides, the PPP government also invited representatives of parties having no representation in the Parliament, to witness proceedings from the gallery. “It was because of all this that conspiracies against our government could not succeed,” he added.

Mr Shah said that he had, on a number of occasions, advised Mr Sharif to take into confidence the national leadership on political and security concerns.

In reference to the protest movement of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf against rigging in elections, he said governments were not sent home, merely on protests and public meetings and without any backing.

PPP declared that it would not become part to any conspiracy against democracy which was why conspirators didn’t contact the party, he said without elaborating. “However, they are contacting others”.

Mr Shah said the present government should be allowed to complete its five-year term. “Let people decide after five years, if rulers fulfilled their promises.” He assured that the opposition would not create disturbance during the address of President Mamnoon Hussain to a joint session of Parliament on June 2.

Meanwhile, PPP members too, have submitted adjournment motions in the National Assembly and the Senate to discuss May 23 incident when Sikh protesters entered into the Parliament House which was being guarded by security forces, especially at a time when the Senate was in session. “It’s a matter of concern as to why security authorities could not protect the Parliament,” he said.