ISLAMABAD - In a significant development, a number of Senators belonging to opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday condemned May 9 violent attacks on military installations with one party lawmaker moving a condemnation resolution in the Senate over the issue.
While talking to the media here at the Parliament House, the opposition party lawmakers severely criticized arson and violent attacks on civil and military installations following the arrest of Chairman PTI Imran Khan by Rangers in a graft case.
PTI Senator Faisal Saleem Rehman also submitted a resolution with the Senate Secretariat that says that “the House strongly condemns the violent attacks on 9th May, 2023 at the GHQ, and Jinnah House, where the Lahore Corps Commander resides, was also set on fire.” It added that the protestors not only destroyed valuable belongings of the Founding Father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah but also the memorials of the martyrs, historic buildings, mosques, and schools were set on fire and damaged.
“The House extends its unwavering support and shows solidarity with our armed forces and security agencies and the public at large who are affected by these events,” reads the resolution.
In the press talk, Senator Rehman said that they were really ashamed of the harm done as the country belonged to them. He said that a resolution has been moved in the house to condemn these disturbing events.
PTI Senator Mohammad Humayun Mohmand said that all of the lawmakers condemned the May 9 violence and what happened on the day was really sad. At the same time, he also criticized the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a coalition of ruling parties, for unnecessarily blaming PTI for the violence and referred to Memogate and Dawn leaks saying that these scandals were unearthed when Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were in power respectively.
Dr. Zarqa Suharwardy Taimur said that they loved their army and the country. She said that federal and Punjab governments should stop violence against women while in police custody. She announced to approach the court and demanded an independent investigation on the widespread complaints that women were being subject to violence while in jail.
Senator Seemee Ezdi demanded these incidents of violence should be investigated and those who were involved should be brought to book under the law. She questioned how would PTI not stand by those who sacrificed their lives for the country.
“If the army does not protect the borders, we cannot breathe in the open air,” she underlined.
Senator Falak Naz paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the Pakistan Army. She said PTI’s manifesto was not to damage the army’s properties.