Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat on Wednesday said that firm stance taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan on the blasphemy issue reflects the sentiments of the entire nation.
Talking to media in front of the Punjab Assembly here on Wednesday, the minister said that the government could not compromise on the honour of the Prophet (SAWW) in any way.
Criticising the behaviour of opposition in the assembly, Raja said that instead of play its democratic role in the House, the opposition always opted to flee.
“Now see that the Leader of Opposition Hamza Shahbaz did not come to the first session of the Assembly that shows he has no interest in the Assembly session and the criticism comes from those who have nothing to do with the assembly business.
The opposition members come out of the room in Assembly, talk to the media and go away,” he added.
Raja Basharat asked whether it was not true that the Speaker had always had the power to suspend the Rules of Procedure so he did not exceed the authority by suspending the normal proceedings last day.
He said that yesterday Mr. Leghari did not handle the attempt to make the situation controversial on TLP wisely while Malik Ahmad Khan spoke positively on the issue.
Responding to the questions of the journalists, the Law Minister said that the Leader of the House should come to the Assembly and enhance its prestige.
He said that a detailed decision of the Supreme Court was awaited for the local bodies which would be fully implemented by the government once received.
“Regarding the arrested TLP members, the Deputy Commissioners have been directed to take steps for their release as per their objective circumstances.”
Raja Basharat said that the number game in Punjab was such that at present there was no possibility of any change.
He appealed to the people to cooperate with the police and military troops for the implementation of Corona SOPs as it was in their own interest.