Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged the political parties to make a solemn pledge that they will remain united for the cause of democracy and supremacy of constitution, rule of law while rising above their differences.

Speaking at the joint sitting of the Parliament on Friday, he said all the parties have set a great example by demonstrating unity in their ranks in the current political situation. He said he is proud that the parliament has pursued a right course for democracy, constitution and rule of law.

Nawaz Sharif said that he has no lust for power as discharging the duty of the Prime Minister is not a bed of roses but thorns. It is not easy to overcome all the daunting challenges faced by the country. It was the opposition which asked him not to resign from his office.

The Prime Minister said the objectives of those staging sit-ins are clear to everybody. He said we are trying to address the current situation through dialogue but the protests have adversely affected the country's image. The Presidents of Maldives and Sri Lanka have already cancelled their visits while suspicion now surrounds the visit of Chinese President.

He said China had to make an investment of thirty four billion dollars and now the future of this investment is also uncertain. He said we were pursuing a long term development agenda spanning over twenty years but the protests have created impediments to its.

In his remarks, Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Muhammad Zafarul Haq appreciated the role played by the opposition in the current political turmoil.

He said the opposition's role helped make parliament a single entity in a real sense for the first time in the history of the country. He said we value the sentiments expressed by the opposition members during the joint sitting of the parliament.

Earlier, rising on a point of order, leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah said that credit goes to the Parliament for standing as a rock wall for the protection of Constitution and democracy.

He said it is the first time in the country's history that the government and opposition stand together to foil all conspiracies against the system. He said the entire nation is also proud of maturity shown by the elected representatives in the current situation. In the past the politicians did commit blunders but today they stand together for a cause.



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