The National Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution condemning Sheikh Rashid and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for openly cursing the parliament at a rally in Lahore.

Presented by federal minister Baleegh-ur-Rehman, the resolution stated that Imran and Rashid’s open cursing of the parliament was akin to “disrespecting the nation.”

“The parliament is a department of democracy, with which the country’s stability and prosperity are tied up,” the unanimously passed resolution stated.

“No other system can work in the country,” it declared.

The members of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf were missing from the NA when the resolution was passed.

On Wednesday, opposition parties, under the leadership of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek, had held a gathering on Lahore’s Mall Road, kick-starting their campaign for the ouster of the PML-N government.

During the rally, Rashid had repeatedly cursed the parliament and announced his resignation from his National Assembly seat, prompting Khan to consider quitting the assemblies on the grounds that parliament had lost its utility in protecting people’s rights. Khan, voicing his support for Rashid, had also “cursed” the parliament.

Addressing a parliamentary session today, members of the National Assembly criticised the opposition leaders for their anti-parliamentary remarks.