Prime Minister Imran khan’s tweets regarding the opposition’s walkouts from parliament have triggered a heated debate among the political commentators and circles. PM Imran khan accused the opposition for wasting tax payer’s money for indulging in protests and walkouts. It seems that Imran Khan is not happy with the opposition’s tactics in the parliament.
It seems that PM Imran Khan and his cabinet ministers have forgotten what they were used to do when they were sitting in the opposition benches. They staged many walkouts and organised protests both inside and outside the parliament. They never thought that they were wasting tax payers’ money on walkouts and protests.
The opposition is doing the same that what was PTI doing in the opposition. It is the right of the opposition to give tough time to the treasury benches. Imran khan himself never gives due respect and importance to parliament. He used to abuse the parliament and parliamentarians from his container.
The PM tweet the following, “In a Parliament that costs taxpayers billions yearly, yet another walkout in NA by the Opposition shows that this is the only function they intend to perform. These are pressure tactics to seek an NRO & evade accountability for corruption in NAB cases not initiated by PTI”.
In another tweet PM Imran khan lashes out at the opposition and said,
“Does democracy mean immunity from corruption of democratically elected political leaders? It seems for them being elected is a license to plunder the country”.
These two tweets are manifestation of the frustration and anger that is piling up in the PTI. The PTI has so far failed to introduce any legislation or policy framework in the parliament. The presence of large number of opposition members in the national assembly made it very difficult for government to dictate its own terms in the parliament.
These tweets give the impression that PM Imran Khan personally giveshuge amount of respect and importance to the proceedings of the parliament. But facts are contrary to this positive impression. In fact, in 2014, when PTI staged their famous sit-in (dharna) in Islamabad against the PML-N government, PM Imran Khan and his ministers did not attend the sessions for almost four months. One wonders why he did not realise then that he was “wasting the taxpayer’s money” by not attending the NA sessions.
His poor attendance record also speaks for itself. According to Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), the PTI chief attended 20 out of 465 house sittings. His abysmal record did not change during his own tenure of premiership; he has only attended six sessions out of the 34. His record clearly indicates his lack of interest in the house proceedings.
A prime minister who does not appear in the NA himself has no moral authority to lecture his opponents on its importance and wasting the taxpayer’s money. How can you accuse others of disruption and wrongdoing when you yourself have been doing the same? How does this not seem hypocritical?
The PTI government is reaping what it sowed while sitting in the opposition benches. PTI’s past is now haunting it. It is really the government which is wasting the tax payer’s money for not doing its home work properly. PTI needs to realise that as a government, it is her responsibility to set agenda and work of the parliament.
While sitting on the opposition benches, Imran used to call out Nawaz Sharif for undermining the parliament by not attending the NA sessions. Going by his logic, it is now Imran who should be under fire for doing the same thing. The taxpayer’s money is also spent by the prime minister and by not attending the parliament session, he too is equally responsible for wasting resources.
The government should sit down with the opposition to set the agenda for legislation and policy reforms. PTI government should realise that it cannot pass any law and policy reforms without the support of the opposition. Opposition dominates the upper house Senate and has enough numbers in the lower house national assembly to hinder the proceedings.
The inappropriate behaviour and foul language of the federal and provincial ministers and their inability to accept criticism has landed the PTI government into many controversies. Even Prime Minister Imran Khan has still not been able to move on from the ‘opposition mindset’, and every now and then has passed statements that have actually ended up embarrassing his own office and cabinet.
Both sides in the parliament are wasting time for not intruding the pro-people legislation and making the pro-people economic policies. The parliament is not debating the real issues of the masses. Instead, parliament is being used to settle the personal and political scores.
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17 November, 2019