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Opposition to boycott Parliamentary National Security Committee meeting

LAHORE: The opposition in the National Assembly announced on Thursday that they would boycott the in-camera briefing of the Parliamentary National Security Committee.

Opposition leaders speak to the media after walking out of the joint sitting of Parliament. Screengrab: Bol News

LAHORE: The opposition in the National Assembly announced on Thursday that they would boycott the in-camera briefing of the Parliamentary National Security Committee.

The opposition decided after seeing the government’s attitude in the last joint sitting of Parliament. In the session, the government had bulldozed multiple bills, including the controversial law dealing with electronic voting machines.

Following consultations, the opposition issued a joint statement stating that the government had informed that the in-camera briefing of the committee will be held on December 6. The briefing is supposed to be given by National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yousuf.

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The statement said that the opposition parties have always shown a very responsible and serious attitude on all issues of the constitution, law, national security and public importance.

They added that they gave their input on national security meetings despite the absence of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

They noted that all parties of the opposition have a very mature vision, extensive experience and seriousness on critical issues related to the Constitution, the country and the people.

“In the past too, we have always played a historic role in safeguarding, guarding and promoting the rights and interests of the country and the people. Affiliations paid off. But it is very unfortunate that the government is adopting the policy of using parliament as a rubber stamp,” noted the statement.

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They alleged that important national and public issues were not being brought in Parliament.

“By ignoring the Parliament the government was in fact boycotting the parliament which was the basic constitutional, legal and public forum in a democracy,” said the opposition.

They alleged that PM Imran Khan skipped the meetings on the most important national issues, including Kashmir, as he was “ignorant of the democratic spirit of consultation”.

“In such circumstances, such an ‘in-camera’ briefing would merely pave the way for a new government spectacle that had nothing to do with the performance of serious and critical issues facing the country and the people or progress towards their solution,” said the opposition.


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