ISLAMABAD - Opposition lawmakers in the Upper House of the Parliament Wednesday warned the government saying though Dr Tahirul Qadri of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) had called off his sit-in at the Constitution Avenue, yet the threats are still hovering over the democracy and the government should act more wisely in the present circumstances.

The opposition lawmakers of PPP also termed the end of the sit-in as the victory of the democratic forces and gave credit to the Parliament what they said that it was the only Parliament that helped the government to get the sit-in ended. “The government is not yet out of the crisis even after the end of PAT sit-in as democracy in the country is still faced with threats,” PPP lawmaker and former law minister Moula Bakhsh Chandio said.

He said that the talks about the mid-term elections were in the air and some were also preparing for elections and the government should not sit silent.

Hs said that Prime Minister and he ministers should come to the Parliament to hear the voices of the other parties.

Dr Abdul Qayyum Somroo of PPP said that some people wanted to take over Parliament through unconstitutional means and the end of the sit-in was the victory of the Parliament. “The government should wake up to the situation as the matter is not yet over,” he also said. Former interior minister Rehman Malik welcomed Qadri for ending sit-in and for joining the club of politics. He also appealed to Khan to end the sit-in saying the objectives of its protest had already been fulfilled. The Senate witnessed a different situation on Wednesday when all female Senators of the House from both sides of isle staged a protest walkout from the House over the remarks of a religious party legislator Hafiz Hamidullah. Hafiz had remarked while mentioning the recent recommendation of Council of Islamic Ideology that the government should allow the marriage of underage girls under Shariah laws. He said whether any steps were being taken to do legislation to make arrangements for the marriages of those girls who had not married till the age of 40 years. Actually, he was of the view that some legislation should be made to arrange marriages of those girls who were becoming overage. His remarks annoyed the women lawmakers. The remarks of Hafiz Hamdullah were later expunged from the proceedings of the House on the request of Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq as PPP later also joined the protest walkout. Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) also staged a protest walkout from the House over the rising incidents of rape in the country.

Senior PPP lawmaker Mian Raza Rabbani on a point of order sought a briefing either from the Prime Minister who also holds the portfolio of Minister Foreign Affairs or at least from Advisor to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. He also sought clarification on a recent statement of Advisor to PM that Pakistan could use the option of nuclear, as nuclear program was not established to place it in the cold store.

Journalists covering the parliamentary proceedings staged a protest walkout from the press gallery of the Senate over the introduction of a bill, the Members of the Parliament (Powers, Immunities and Privileges) Act, 2014, what they said it was an attack on the freedom of the press.

Senator Farhatullah Babar had moved the bill in the House on last Monday on private member’ day that was referred to the Senate law and justice committee.

Journalists said that they were not expecting such bill from Senator Babar at least who himself was a journalist. Journalists ended the boycott after Senator Zahid Khan assured them that they would not let the bill table in the House in the present form the proposed bill restricts the journalists from publishing any material concerned with the Parliament before prior approve. It authorises the Parliament that any stranger could be removed from any chamber or from precincts of the Parliament through force and journalists feared that this clause of the bill would be used against them.

Hafiz Hamdullah said that the freedom of press should not be gagged but there should be some limits of the freedom of the press. “Some media houses supported the anti-democratic behaviour of the sit-ins,” he said adding that media criticised politicians but it never dared to condemn generals and judges.

State Minister for Petroleum Jam Kamal Yousuf responding to a calling attention notice of some opposition lawmakers, said that the prices of crude oil in the international market had decreased up to 83 dollars per barrel during the last one and half month. “As the prices fluctuate on daily basis so the impact of decrease in prices could not be passed on to the consumers immediately,” he said adding that oil prices were decreased or increased keeping in view the international prices after every month on average basis. “The recent price of petrol is Rs 103 per liter in Pakistan and we are definitely expecting decrease in POL prices from November,” he said.

Hamdullah proposed that a special meeting should be convened headed by PM to discuss the issue of Balochistan as the incumbent provincial government led by Dr Abdul Malik had failed to bring peace, end corruption and to introduce merit in the province.

PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain sought ruling from the chair in the light of the Supreme Court order for the appointment of permanent head of PEMRA what he said that acting head of PEMRA was a former police officer was running the authority like a police station.