Govt tables resolution in NA for debate on expelling French envoy 

Govt tables resolution in NA for debate on expelling French envoy 

Islamabad (Web Desk): A resolution regarding the expulsion of French envoy was presented in a session of the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday.

According to details, the NA started its session at the Parliament House in Islamabad with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Amjad Ali Khan moved the resolution condemning the publication of blasphemous caricatures by French magazine Charlie Hebdo in September 2020.

It also regretted the French's president "encouragement of the elements hurting the sentiments of the hundreds of millions of Muslims in the name of freedom of expression".

The resolution further stated that France and other European countries should be apprised regarding the gravity of the matters relating to the blasphemy acts besides also raising the matter at international forums.

Members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) represented their respective parties, whereas Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNAs did not attend the assembly session.

Meanwhile, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan presented a resolution for the formation of the committee, which was said by NA Speaker Asad Qaiser to have been approved by the parliament, amid loud chants of objection by the Opposition.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said that this house is the guardian of the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and Prime Minister Imran Khan has advocated the issue at the international forums.

Later, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser adjourned the session until Friday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said that that matters with the proscribed TLP had been settled after talks.

In a video message shared on Twitter, the minister said that that according to the agreement, TLP will end its protests across the country including at Jamia Masjid Rehmatul-lil-Alamin.

He added that cases registered against TLP supporters under the fourth schedule will also be dismissed and further rounds of talks will take place.

Sheikh Rashid said that he will give a detailed statement on the agreement in a press conference later in the day.