Imran's 'curses' draw ire, in and outside parliament

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Khan, voicing his support for Rashid, had also "cursed" the parliament.

"Those who do not consider parliament as anything are waiting for the dictators to come so that they could join them", he said PPP had always played politics on the behest of people and respects the parliament and people who vote for it.

The foreign minister said, "All limits were crossed in the [PAT-led opposition] rally", adding that the "frustrations" of the opposition leaders knew no bounds.

Shah said that the country has a chequered history, recalling that in the past 40 years, the parliament had seen many highs and lows.

"Such a move was unimaginable in the current circumstances when political parties are quarreling over differences".

He also said, "Heaps of cases were registered against me". The resolution declared Parliament as the representative institution of two hundred million people of Pakistan and by using such abusive language, the two leaders tried to insult the people of the country, which is condemnable.

He said that the parliament had written the Constitution that had given Pakistanis "the right to speak, the right to ask for rights, to strengthen the institutions and distribute power to them".

"I send lanath (curse) the parliament that made a criminal the president of a party", he said, in an apparent reference to Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz's (PML-N) decision to elect ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif as its president. They must have full control over their minds, actions and use appropriate words to express their opinion with wisdom and dignity. "This was done only because I stood against them, to face them".

"Those cursing have lost the strength of argument", the minister said in a tweet this evening. "Imran does the same". "[PPP] Cannot help the behaviour of others but will never endorse disrespecting Parliament".

'Shameful conduct' Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif speaking during Thursday's NA session.

The lawmakers in the National Assembly on Thursday demanded that Opposition leaders who had openly cursed the parliament at a rally in Lahore should be summoned to appear before the National Assembly to explain their remarks.

Imran Khan in a press briefing said he has been a staunch opponent of Pakistan's participation in the war on terror that began after the 9/11 attack on the USA in 2001.

"Whatever little respect you have, you have gotten it through your membership in the parliament", Asif had said, addressing Khan and Rashid.

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