ISLAMABAD: National Assembly suspended its rules regarding question hour and started debate on the resignation of the President. The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad on Monday. Sardar Mehtab Abbasi pointed out that the resignation had a positive impact on Karachi Stock Exchange index which rose by about 500 points. Similarly, rupee which was traded against dollar at about 78 has gained strength and it was being traded at 72 after the resignation. He wanted accountability of the President.
Mr. Munir Orakzai welcomed the development on behalf of members from FATA and said now full attention should be paid to resolution of the problems facing the country especially the situation in tribal areas. He demanded that displaced people of Bajaur should be provided all possible assistance.
Mr. Sher Muhammad Baloch said the dictatorship inflicted damage on the country and credit goes to the coalition partners for forcing the President to resign through democratic struggle. Mr. Ghulam Ahmad Bilour said we can prevent recurrence of the situation by strengthening our institutions. He asked the coalition parties to remain united to face the challenges ahead. Sardar Bahadur Ahmad Sehar said that sovereignty of the parliament and rule of law have been restored. He said end of the dictatorship was the collective demand of the nation.
Rising on points of order, Dr. Abdul Qadir Khanzada and Syed Asif Hussain condemned attack on MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi and thanked the Prime Minister, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari and Interior Minister for taking notice of the incident. Federal Minister Syed Khurshid Shah assured the members that this unfortunate incident would investigated. He said it is duty of the government to provide security to every citizen.
Mr. Muhammad Safdar said Pervez Musharraf toppled the elected Government of the then Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and imposed martial law. He demanded initiation of proceedings under article-6 of the constitution against the former President. Mian Abdul Sattar said after resignation of the President, the coalition Government has a comprehensive agenda ahead including restoration of judges, abolition of 17th amendment in the constitution, autonomy for provinces and price hike.
Ms. Shahnaz Sheikh said we should play politics of maturity in the interest of Pakistan. She said the opposition sided with the Government on positive points and it would continue to do so in future. She also complimented the President for his policies. Ms. Tehmina Daultana said a drama was enacted on 12th of October 1999 on the pretext of hijacking of the plane to dismiss an elected Government. She said family members of Nawaz Sharif and Muslim Leaguers were persecuted by the military ruler.
Mr. Zafar Beg Bitani said resignation of the President is decidedly a landmark event but his departure from the scene is a test for the coalition Government, which has to deliver as per expectations of the people. Engineer Amir Muqam paid tributes to the outgoing President and said he did not exercise the option of article-58/2(B). He said now the Government will have to prove that it is better than the previous Government otherwise people would also become tired of it.
Makhdoom Javed Hashmi said it is for the first time that the civil society has forced a dictator to quit. He said different sections of the society offered sacrifices for the purpose especially Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. He said we should look forward for the sake of the country.-SANA