No one will be allowed to speak against state institutions: Basharat.

LAHORE -- Without clarifying that whether PDM will be allowed to hold public rally in Gujranwala or not, the government made it clear that no one will be allowed to speak against state institutions while sitting abroad.

'No one will be allowed to take law into hand. The opposition will be informed about status of public gathering before October 16,' said Law Minister Raja Basharat while responding to the opposition motion at the Punjab Assembly on Monday.

The session started two and half hour behind the scheduled time with Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari in the chair. Answers related to the Communication and Works Department were given by Parliamentary Secretary Sardar Shahb-ud-Din during the question-hour.

Although general discussion on price control was supposed to be held but the focus was the PDM 'Jalsa' in Gujranwala.

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Raja Bashrat said that the opposition will be allowed to hold public gathering only within the limits of the law and no one will be allowed to raise provocative slogans against the state institutions.

'None will be allowed to criticize institutions or initiate conflict with law-enforcers,' he said while responding to PML-N's Samiullah Khan's motion.

He said raising of slogans containing words referring to guns and boots during political gatherings was inappropriate, while it would never allow anyone sitting abroad to make provoking statements against institutions.

Earlier, amid slogans of 'traitor' raised by the treasury benches, Samiullah Khan talked of double standards in deciding one's loyalties, saying he could produce at least 16 video clips of various TV channels in which Imran Khan had spoken against state institutions.

He recalled that Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi had claimed in the past that Gen Shuja Pasha forced PML-Q men to join PTI.

He asked whether Gen Kayani and Gen Pasha were not from any institution as they were openly alleged to be involved in active politics by various politicians.

He said that PML-N government facilitated PTI in holding multiple rallies in the past. He urged Law Minister to give a clear...

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