Published On: Tue, Feb 16th, 2016
Published in Category: Islamabad

PM AJK uttered humiliating words: Pervaiz Rashid

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Pervaiz Rashid on Monday said although the Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir uttered humiliating words against the federal ministers, the government took it with fortitude.

Speaking from the floor of National Assembly, Pervaiz Rashid said the AJK Prime Minister also used harsh words during a conversation with him on the telephone.

“We even accepted the judicial commission formed by the government of Azad Kashmir,” he added.

Amid noisy boos from the opposition benches, the Information Minister regretted that the workers of Pakistan Muslim League-N were being arrested in Azad Kashmir.

The minister also informed the National Assembly that the government is committed to hold Population Census next month depending upon availability of army personnel for security purpose.

Replying to a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told the House that as per decision of Council of Common Interests, provincial governments would provide field force for the conduct of the census in fair, free and transparent manner.

He said 12 billion rupees have been allocated for holding of census in the country. To another question, he said the country has foreign exchange reserves worth 20.318 billion dollars.

Rising on a point of order, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah referred to killing of a PPP worker during a rally in Azad Kashmir and said violence in politics is regrettable.

The opposition staged a token walkout in protest over the incident. Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said the unfortunate incident took place as a result of provocative language used in the PPP rally in Kotli.

He said Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir has ordered a Judicial Inquiry but he did not wait for its findings and announced black day today fearing that investigations might find a linkage of the incident with his provocative language. He said PML-N has full confidence in the judicial commission.}