ISLAMABAD - The opposition benches on Wednesday staged a token walkout from the Senate to protest poor law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after PPP strongly protested the use of police force against protesting teachers and clerks in Islamabad, what a senior lawmaker termed state terrorism, and demanded more raise in their salaries.
PPP lawmaker Mian Raza Rabbani on a point of order said that state terrorism has been used against the teachers and clerks protesting at China Chowk of the capital against only 10 per cent raise in their salaries in the annual budget 2014-15.
“Yesterday, the government presented the annual budget that promotes corporate and crony capitalists and protects the feudal as well as capitalists and it has no relation with the poor,” Rabbani said, adding that this was crystal clear from the fact that today the government used violence through police against the protesting teachers and clerks while on the other side, IPPs (independent power producers) are being given huge money. He said this was state terrorism to use violence against those who were availing their constitutional right to protest. “The police baton charged the protestors and fired in the air,” he informed.
“That state machinery which could not stop 150 protestors entering the parliament is now harassing teachers through firing in the air,” he added. The state machinery cannot protect this budget and the PPP condemns this act of the government, he stressed.
Haji Adeel of ANP said the PTI-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has failed to maintain law and order in the province and in a recent terrorism activity, the office of Edhi Foundation was attacked. Later, the combined opposition in the House as well MQM staged a protest walkout over the situation in the province.
“The people of Peshawar are living in the atmosphere of fear,” he said, adding that terrorists from FATA are behind the poor law and order situation in the province.
Haji Ghulam Ali of JUI-F endorsing Haji Adeel said that the government of PTI has failed to maintain law and order as well as peace in KP. The doctors, teachers and traders were protesting in KP and 80 per cent of budget lapsed last year due to negligence of provincial government, he said. “We demand of the federal government to take action against the KP government,” he added.
Later the house was adjourned till Friday.