Anti-Narendra Modi resolution blocked in Pakistan's Punjab province Assembly

Written by PTI | Lahore | Updated: May 30 2014, 02:37am hrs
A resolution against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his "allegations of terrorism against Pakistan" was today blocked in the Assembly of Punjab province.

The opposition comprising Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, PPP, PML-Q and Jamaat-e-Islami wanted to bring the "anti-Modi" resolution in the 372-member house but Speaker RanaIqbal did not allow it.

Opposition members startedshouting slogans against India and the ruling PML-N government as they tore the copies of the agenda of today's proceedings.

Opposition Leader Mahmoodur Rasheedsaid it was unfortunate that theSpeaker was indirectly supportingModi.

The opposition members then walked out and held a demonstration on the stairs of the Assembly. Earlier in the day, they had submitted the resolution.

Reading out from the resolution to reporters, Rasheed said: "The resolution is against the attitude of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr Modi had repeatedbaseless allegations of terrorism against Pakistan.We strongly condemn(Mr Modi) for repeating the allegations.

"We demand that the new Indian government stop funding terrorists in Balochistan, end its illegalhold on the water of Kashmir and Pakistan. The people of Pakistan want peacebetween the two countries."

The resolution further reads: "India should stopacting like a station house officer (SHO) of the region. Itshould not consider Pakistan's resolvefor peace a weakness and start peace dialogue with it.

"The main hurdlein peace between Pakistan and India is the Kashmir dispute which should be resolved under the UN Resolution1948 which carries the signature of former Indian premier Jawaharlal Nehru."

Rasheed said the PML-N government had demonstrated that it was pro-India. He said the opposition would continue its protest and would not let the speaker to run the house smoothly.