Islamabad (November 20, 2017): Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani on Monday said that the capital has been under lockdown since the past 14 days but no one in the government seems to care.
He was addressing a ceremony after inaugurating monument of martyred journalists at National Press Club in Islamabad on Monday afternoon.
Rabbani expressed displeasure at the state’s helplessness in tackling the sit-in led by a religious organisation demanding the resignation of the law minister.The Chairman emphasized the need for driving the society at a right direction to cope with the external situation of the region.
“There can only be politics if there is a state. Politics will go in the right direction if society takes a right path. But if warlords will control society, neither the state nor any institution will exist,” he said.
He said that the country can make progress if all institutions work within their constitutional boundaries.
Earlier today, Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khursheed Shah also criticised the ruling party and said the that prolonged Faizabad sit-in indicates that the government has lost its writ in the country.The religious parties have been protesting against the change in the finality of Prophethood oath in the law when the government passed the Elections Act 2017 last month. The change, dubbed a clerical error by the government, was immediately fixed as an amendment was passed later.
However, the protesters have demanded that Law Minister Zahid Hamid, who introduced the bill, resign, a demand which the government has refused to meet.