Source : TheNews,By Muhammad Anis
The National Assembly witnessed a rumpus on Wednesday evening when Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan while reiterating his party’s demand to try Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution accused the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) of practising politics of hypocrisy at the behest of hidden powers.
Nisar addressed the MQM members urging them to clarify whether they belonged to the treasury or opposition benches, adding no hypocrisy will work now.Following this statement, the members of the MQM and the PML-N exchanged hot words. The MQM members strongly protested while standing on their benches and the whole House was in chaos.
Nisar said he wanted to make it clear how the MQM was created and who founded it, adding the MQM accepts ministries but sits with the opposition. “The world knows which powers act behind the MQM and who founded the party,” Chaudhry Nisar said. The opposition leader had to suspend his speech for a while as the MQM members stood on their seats to protest his remarks followed by counter-attacks from the PML-N members with Abid Sher Ali shouting with full-throat.
Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, who was chairing the session, had to intervene and asked members from both sides to demonstrate tolerance. On one occasion, the speaker gave shut up call to Abid Sher Ali. “Keep quite. You always try to find an opportunity to create a bad taste in the House,” she remarked. She alleged that uproar in the house was being created intentionally.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had to dispatch some federal ministers to the MQM benches to cool down their tempers. Continuing his speech, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan urged Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to clarify the minus-one formula. “The president and other important government officials are talking about the minus-one formula. The government should tell the House as to who was hatching this conspiracy and from where this formula was generated,” Chaudhry Nisar said.
He said the opposition from the day one decided to defend democracy in the national interest and it would not be part of any conspiracy. He urged the government to take opposition into confidence, saying it would side with the government if the government does so. Nisar said previously unconstitutional steps were being supported and indemnified but this time the apex court had declared steps of the dictator ‘unconstitutional’.
Commenting on press reports about the minus-one formula, he demanded of the government to inform the House as to who was behind this conspiracy, adding “what’s the background and who is talking about minus-one formula and who is conspiring.”
Chaudhry Nisar maintained that the PML-N would neither budge from its stance to demand the trial of Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution nor would it allow the PPP government to move back. “The government should clear the line whether it stands with Musharraf or against him,” he said.
He also displayed in the House a resolution which he wanted to move, saying he would read out the same only after the prime minister allowed him. He said if the government complies with the Supreme Court ruling, it would have to implement Article 6 of the Constitution. He also referred to a statement of the attorney general in which he said a resolution could be moved demanding the trial of Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution.
“We all took oath to safeguard the Constitution and the SC verdict is calling out for action against Musharraf, the PPP which raised slogans of ‘go Musharraf go’ with us, should clarify its position on trying Musharraf under Article 6 as the Supreme Court of Pakistan had also given verdict that the dictator violated the Constitution,” he said.
Chaudhry Nisar also challenged the logic of consensus resolution given by the prime minister, saying even the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan was not passed unanimously. “The resolution is ready with us in the light of the Supreme Court verdict,” he said.
He said the PML-N wanted support of the PPP for moving the resolution against Musharraf because it did not have the required number of members to pass it. “We do not want to see failure of the resolution to make the House a laughing stock and give a new life to the dead body of Pervez Musharraf,” he said.
He said the Supreme Court in its decision had clearly declared the November 3, 2007 steps of the former president as unconstitutional. “Now, it is up to parliament to play its role for initiating trial of the dictator by invoking Article 6 of the Constitution,” he added.
Referring to a past speech of the MQM deputy parliamentary leader, Haider Abbas Rizvi, the opposition leader questioned if the MQM says that certain governments carried out operations against them and killed their workers then why they later sat with the same government on the treasury benches.
He said the MQM leader said the PML-N government carried out the military operation against the MQM in 1992 then why they joined the PML-N-government in 1997. He said that when in power, they sat with Musharraf, and when they saw Musharraf being dragged to accountability, they moved back.
Responding to the speech of Chaudhry Nisar, the MQM deputy parliamentary leader, Haider Abbas Rizvi, thanked Nisar for admitting that the PML-N government conducted the operation against the MQM in 1992.
About the joining of the PML-N government in 1997, he said the MQM still have recorded conversation of Nawaz Sharif with the MQM leadership in which he apologised for the operation and promised not to repeat the same in future and same recordings could be produced on the floor of the House. He said the PML-N government also compensated MQM workers, who were killed in the operation.
The MQM parliamentarian said he did not want to mention as to which government registered fake cases against 300 workers of the MQM after the killing of Hakeem Said and which government imposed governor’s rule in Sindh in 1998.
He said 15,000 MQM workers were killed in different operations while 28 are still missing. Quoting three clauses of Article 6, he said all those elements who supported violation of 1973 Constitution in the past, should also be tried under this Article.
Speaking on a point of personal explanation, Chaudhry Nisar said the 1992 operation was military operation and it was not carried out on the instructions of the then PML-N government. He said the MQM became part of different governments on five occasions since 1989, while the PPP got power on thrice while the PML-N got this opportunity twice.
Referring to conversations recorded by the MQM, he said if they did so it would be an unlawful act. “The leaders who go for meetings with MQM leadership should keep in mind that their words can be recorded,” he said.
Haider Rizvi said it is true that they remained with governments on five occasions but every time their trust was shattered and they were thrown after a brief time. Speaking on a point of order, Amir Muqam of the PML-Q said they were friends of Pervez Musharraf and still they have the same viewpoint.
He said Nawaz Sharif went into exile after striking a deal with Pervez Musharraf. “Musharraf easily resigned when he read coming changes and gave democracy to the country,” he said. He advised Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to include the issue of the NRO in the resolution which he wanted to bring in the House. He said if Musharraf did illegal acts, then the Punjab chief minister, who took oath from Governor Salmaan Taseer, is also illegal and this National Assembly was also illegal.