Whatever happened in legislative assembly is deeply regretted: PM AJK

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Muzaffarabad,  (Parliament Times) : Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan, has said that whatever happened in the assembly recently was deeply regretted. While expressing his views on the privilege motion moved by former Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan and the leader of the opposition Chaudhry Latif Akbar, the PM voiced his displeasure over the unpleasant incident that took place in the assembly and said, “I sincerely apologize for the incident that happened in the House with Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan”. The former prime minister, he said, is amongst the most senior and seasoned parliamentarians, whom he respected from the core of his heart. “Opposition leader Chaudhry Latif Akbar is my brother. If I have offended him, I apologize for it”, the PM said. The incident, he said, has evoked widespread condemnation. Difference of opinion and disagreement, he said, was the beauty of democracy and an essence of progressive and tolerant society but he it was imperative that every member of the House must be respected. Terming the former premier as one of the state’s towering political personalities, he said that the sanctity of the house was due to these great personalities. Stressing the need for maintaining the order and decorum in the House during debates the PM said, “We come to the House to legislate and it is incumbent on every lawmaker to act and speak the language that suits a parliamentarian”.“Everyone has the right to dissent but onus of maintaining the sanctity of the house lies on the shoulders of every parliamentarian”, the PM said, adding that he did not want to hurt the sentiments of any of the members of the house. On the occasion, the Prime Minister also apologized to the former Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi.


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