Lawmakers for convening in-camera session to revisit international, external policies

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 9 (APP): The lawmakers on both sides of the divide on Tuesday continued debate in the National Assembly on Quetta carnage and called for convening in-camera session of the House to deliberate upon terrorism and giving strength to Parliament to revisit both internal and external policies.

Taking part in the debate Akram Khan Durrani said the terror attacks were horrific and it was highly condemnable.

He said unfortunately every thing was forgotten as time went on following terror attack like the fresh one which caused irreparable human loss.

He said Chief Minister Balochistan and Army Chief issued two important statements which suggested the attack was against CPEC project which was not meant for a single unit but it was owned and shared by the entire country.

Thus, we could rightly describe these terror attacks an attack on the entire nation, adding the government was taking concrete measures to wipe out terrorism from the country.

As part of such efforts, Durrani said the Prime Minister consulted each political party on all issues with regard to the project which was aimed at injecting economic power to the country.

So in this context, he said there was a need to ponder as who could be our enemies who could not bear socio-economic development of the country especially through this maga project like CEPEC.

“We should expose and clearly mention name of our enemies if it was India or US as merely alluding will not serve the purpose to wipe out terrorism,” he added.

He said entire nation was baking the army which had waged a successful war on terrorism.

He also took exception to the media programmes in which he alleged an anchor took a broacher subjects for discussions in a bid to initiate confrontation among the army and the politicians.

Referring to a TV programme, he said the Prime Minister and Chief of Army visited Quetta to show solidarity with families of victims and inquire after health of the injured but it was suspected and put several questions on it.

Moreover, he said PEMRA should take notice of excerpts of a TV programme in which Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Mualana Fazl ur Rehman and Asma Jehangir were described as traitors.

He said the anchor in question should be summoned in the Parliament and share proof or evidence if he possessed, at all.

Abdul Satttar Bachani said we have to get united against terrorism, adding today we were remembering Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who preferred to make bomb despite all odds.

He said occurring two blasts back to back was reflecting security lapse which should be reinforced to prevent such attacks in future.

He said we have to evolve firm pledge to wipe out menace of terrorism, adding Interior Minister should have attended the session to give a good message and show solidarity with families of the victims.

He said there was a need to end sense of deprivation among the smaller provinces and the Prime Minister who clinched a big mandate should lead in this regard.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Amjad Ali Khan while expressing deep sorrow over the Quetta carnage, called for implementing National Action Plan (NAP) in letter and spirit.

He said India was involved in such heinous activities in Pakistan and urged the government to expose her neferious designs against Pakistan in the comity of the nations.

Maulana Gohar Shah of JUI-F strongly condemned the incident and prayed for the departed souls and early recovery of the injured people.

He suggested the government for providing proper training to Bomb Disposal Squad for using latest gadgets adequately.

He also called upon the PTI provincial government to focus on protecting lives and properties of the people rather than staging sit-ins.

Mian Abdul Manan of PML-N urged for devising a joint strategy to curb ill of the terrorism form the country.

He also suggested that a delegation of Parliamentarians should visit Quetta to express sympathy with the bereaved families.

Aliya Kamran of JUI-F questioned “Why proper security was not provided to lawyers.”

“Balochistan had been used for proxy war in the past before the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), she alleged.

She said such incident was tantamount to push the under-developed province towards darkness.

She also criticised the civil administration for not providing prompt facilities to the injured after the blast on Monday morning.

Nazir Ahmed Bughio of PPP suggested that in-camera session of the House should be convened to devise a joint strategy and revisit all policies regarding law and order.

Maulana Jamal uddin of JUI-F strongly condemned the incident and said such people who were involved in massacre of innocent people, have nothing to do with the Ulema and Islam.

He said he also remained a student of religious seminaries but not at single point, he was taught to kill innocent people.

He said anti-Muslim elements wanted to use Pakistan against Afghanistan and destabilized both the Muslim countries.

Naseema Hafiz of PakMAP said sectarian violence was main problem of Balochistan and asled the federal government to join hands with the provincial government to fight against
terrorist elements.

Maulana Amir Zaman of JUI-F criticized the local administration for its failure to nab culprits of such heinous acts.

“The local administration of the province was involved in corruption rather than focusing on addressing peoples’ problems, he alleged.

He also demanded of the government for convening in-camera session of the House to devise a comprehensive strategy to tackle the issue of terrorism.

Asia Nasir of JUI-F said that the blast was a pre-planned strategy to target the lawyers’ leadership and it should be condemned at all level.