Law violators would be taken to task: Afridi
ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi has stated that those who took law into their own hands during the protest demonstrations will be made an example under the law.
While addressing the Senate on Thursday, he warned that the government would make an example out of anyone who will try to take the law into their own hands. He said that footages of the elements, who ransacked, were shared with Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and they disowned them. He said the government successfully held negotiations with the protesters and peacefully resolved the matter.
He said there was a consensus among all the stakeholders, including the opposition, that force should not be used against the protesters in Aasia Bibi case. He said the Prime Minister also desired peaceful settlement of the issue. Shehryar Afridi said the government will implement the Supreme Court's any order in a review petition in the case. "In three days of the protests, not a single drop of blood was spilled," Afridi said. "The governmentwill not use bullets against its own citizens. We will embrace our citizens and hold dialogues with them.
On the other hand opposition parties in the Senate had criticised the government for not being forceful enough in dealing with TLP.
“The judiciary, the state and the army were dragged into the mess: what kind of message is being sent with these actions?" PPP's Parliamentary Leader, Senator Sherry Rehman, had asked. "The government was all talk and no action. This was the first time we've heard the state challenged like this. How can this challenge be ignored?.
Opposition members later staged walkout from senate over the absence of government minister. Even the Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani has expressed annoyance over the absence of government members. Later five members came into the house.