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Pakistani Senate supports PM Sharif against anti-gov't protests

English.news.cn   2014-08-22 21:03:39

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- As there is no let up in protests against the government in Pakistan by two political parties, the country's Senate on Friday unanimously passed a resolution rejecting the unconstitutional demands for resignation of Prime Minister and dissolution of Assemblies.

The National Assembly, Lower House of the parliament, has already adopted resolution in support of the Prime Minister and the Senate resolution has further gave a boost to the position of Nawaz Sharif.

The opposition leaders Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri have staged sit-ins in Islamabad since August 14 to press for resignation of the Prime Minister, the calls rejected by Nawaz Sharif and even main opposition parties in the parliament.

The protests outside the parliament building has disrupted normal life in the capital city as the authorities have blocked some roads over concerns about the security of important buildings, including the diplomatic missions. Embassies are just meters away from the protesters.

Senator Saeed Ghani of the moan opposition Pakistan Peoples Party moved the resolution against the demands for the resignation of the Prime Minister and dissolution of the assembly and was supported by all other parties. No party in the House opposed the move that is seen as important for the Prime Minster, who has offered dialogue to the rivals.

"The House reiterates to uphold the rule of law and constitution and sovereignty of the parliament. The democratic system should continue to function and flourish in the country," text of the resolution said.

The two opposition leaders have suspended talks with the government over claims of a "crackdown" against their activists, the claim denied by ministers.

Members of the National Assembly, belonging to Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, on Friday submitted resignations in the parliament's secretariat as part of their protest plan. Imran Khan, who says will not end protest unless the Prime Minster quits, says he will announce his party's future strategy on Saturday.

In view of uncertain situation, the education department on Friday announced extension in holidays until September 1. The institutions were scheduled to open on August 16 but the holidays were extended for third time.

The government has deployed nearly 35,000 security personnel, including army troops, in Islamabad to ensure peace and protect the important buildings. The army has been assigned the security of the parliament and foreign missions.

The protests have been peaceful so far and the Prime Minister has ruled out the use of force to dispel the protesters. However calls are now being made from section of the society to encourage the opposition leaders to end the protests.

Editor: Yang Yi
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