LAHORE: Opposition MPAs staged a token boycott from the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday in protest at the house arrest of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed.
At the request of Jamaat-i-Islami MPA Dr Wasim Akhtar, the opposition members boycotted the session. Mr Akhtar said Mr Saeed had made the Kashmir issue alive and there had been a lot of social work on the credit of Falah-i-Insaniat. He demanded the immediate release of Saeed and other JuD leaders.
Speaking on the point of order, Opposition Leader Mahmoodur Rasheed said the PML-N government had taken action against Mr Saeed because of the United States and India. “Action against Saeed shows that the government has succumbed to Indian pressure,” he said, adding that Mr Saeed was being punished for raising voice for the rights of Kashmiris and no one could doubt his patriotism.
Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the government and JuD’s policy on Kashmir was different.