ISLAMABAD - After the other day’s remarks by Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif against Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf (PTI) for its decision to return to assemblies, the government in Tuesday’s sitting got censure from the different parliamentary parties over this attitude with advice for ruling PML-N and PTI that there should be a cease-fire now.

The Defence Minister on the maiden day of the joint session of the Parliament, summoned to discuss Yemen crisis, had criticised PTI for returning to the assemblies after more than seven months saying that it had been asking the Lower House as fake and rigged one and now why it was sitting there.

Unlike the other day, the joint sitting on the second day focused on the real issue of Yemen crisis with lawmakers from both sides of isle delivered their speeches while some remarks came about the other day’s episode that had marred the whole house proceedings. Tuesday was a complete different day for the joint sitting as none from the government benches raised anti-PTI and anti-Imran Khan slogans and appreciation also came from many lawmakers for PTI for its decision to return to the National Assembly.

On the other hand, Chairman PTI Imran Khan did not turn up in the joint session through its sitting, however, senior PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi along with a thin number of PTI lawmakers remained present in the house.

Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, the other day, in the presence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had asked PTI that it should have shown shame and modesty of coming in the same which they had been abusing in the past being branding as fake one. “You returned to the house, but you refuse to learn. You are still calling this house fake,” Khawaja had said. Before this, Chairman PTI Imran Khan had said outside the Parliament House that unless the judicial commission investigates the rigging of the last general elections, he still considers this assembly a fake one.

The lawmakers across the aisle, mostly from opposition benches, censured the government for showing such attitude against PTI and at the same time they asked both sides - PML-N and PTI - to have a cease-fire and discuss the real issues of the masses.

Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Senator Sirajul Haq taking part in the debate on Yemen crisis termed it a positive step of PTI’s return to assemblies saying all parties were sincere to resolve the issue between the government and PTI. He indirectly criticising the attitude of government in the joint sitting said that it should change its attitude and see ahead now. “I also ask PTI not to give its reaction (on the issue)...instead of entering into such kind of debate, it should focus on the issues of masses,” he said.

The issues of common people were not those that were of political leaders. PTI and JI can work together for the wellbeing of masses in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he proposed and said, “Let us all fight together to end terrorism, unemployment and inflation.”

Senator Farhatullah Babar of PPP also welcomed PTI lawmakers for rejoining the parliament and remarked it as “triumph of parliament and democracy” and criticized Khawaja Asif for his brashness against PTI and called for expunging the defence minister’s non-parliamentary remarks. He said that PTI by doing so reiterated its confidence on Parliament.

MNA Haji Ghulam Ahmed Balour of Awami National Party (ANP) welcomed the return of PTI in National Assembly and said, “It should not have happened what had occurred yesterday. It is regretful what kind of speeches were delivered yesterday.” He suggested to the government to forget the past and at least now set its direction towards right path.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed of PML-Q said that the return of PTI into assemblies was a good addition and added that he was happy to see PTI. He hoped that PTI as opposition party would play its better role in the Parliament.

MNA Ijazul Haq of Pakistan Muslim League-Zia (PML-Z) suggested that PTI should play its role to bring electoral reforms instead of involving itself in any kind of ‘controversial’ debate. He said that it should play its role in Electoral Reforms Committee. He said that neither there was appropriate behaviour from the government towards PTI (the other day) nor it was proper for the PTI to say Parliament was established through rigging. Senator Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldin of BNM-Mengal also welcomed PTI in the National Assembly.

Though no reaction came in the joint sitting from PTI about other day’s harsh remarks of the Defence Minister, however, PTI Parliamentary Leader in the National Assembly Shah Mahmood Qureshi, talking to the media outside the Parliament House, said that the resignations issues was a dead issue after the ruling of the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. He also condemned the behaviour of Khawaja Asif said, “Khawaja Asif should mend its attitude otherwise we know how to reply.”