Peshawar-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Monday passed a resolution with a majority expressing concern over the alleged use of the religious card against Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Provincial ministers who signed the motion included Taimur Salim Jhagra, Shaukat Yusufzai, Ziaullah Bangash, and Kamran Bangash.

According to the resolution, which was presented by Minister for Higher Education Kamran Bangash, PMLN leader Javed Latif was responsible for starting the campaign against the ex-PM Imran Khan and that it would put his life in jeopardy. It asked that Javed Latif resign and be detained now.

The opposition, however, opposed the resolution’s passage and characterised it as a move to mask the mistakes the PTI Chairman made in public gatherings.

It stated that Imran Khan was regarded as the global spokesperson for Islam and had spoken out against Islamophobia. The resolution stated that such evil efforts and the use of religious symbols have claimed the lives of numerous people in the past and may do the same to Imran Khan.

The Pakistan People’s Party and Awami National Party MPs interrupted the resolution’s presentation, sparking a dispute between the treasury and opposition benches.

The ANP and PPP MPAs were urged by Kamran Bangash to refrain from using the religious issue against rival politicians because their party leadership had consistently supported liberal and secular ideas. 

Sardar Hussain Babak, from the ANP, claimed that while his party had always opposed those who played on people’s religious sensitivities, PTI leader Imran Khan had utilised religion for global affairs and politics. He went on to say that Imran Khan had “introduced the usage of foul language and is addressing his opponents with derogatory names in public gatherings,” and that the PTI had incited hostility among youths. The lack of quorum was pointed out by a member of the treasury, which ended the debate. The session was adjourned till Tuesday afternoon.