ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly on Wednesday witnessed suggestions coupled with criticism on National Internal Security Policy (NISP) and a little appreciation, while the lawmakers expressed suspected its execution in letter and spirit.
The lawmakers from both the sides of the aisle, pointing out some flaws in the draft, came up with the proposal to call a joint session of the Parliament to discuss the newly introduced policy in length. The House with thin presence of legislators also saw sharp criticism from the opposition benches on the proposal of army’s representation in the peace committee.
The House, suspending other agenda items due to lengthy debate on the policy draft, could pass one bill “The Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill‚ 2013".
Taking part in the debate, PkMAP Chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai stressed the need for convening a joint session of the Parliament to debate the National Internal Security Policy, 2014-18. Achakzai was of the view that the opposition and religious factions should support the incumbent government as the country was passing through a critical moment. “It is a time to support Nawaz Sharif as it is a defining moment of the country,” he cautioned the opposition parties. He opposed the option of a military operation in North Waziristan Agency.
Referring to former military dictator Pervez Musharraf, he said those who violated the Constitution were getting protocol. He also condemned the private militias of political parties. “These private armies must be banned,” he added.
PTI lawmaker Shireen Mazari, indicating some flaws in the National Internal Security Policy, said central ingredient of propaganda was missing in it, adding there was a need to check the syllabi of seminaries.
Mazari also appreciated the data-wise details mentioned in the policy draft. Citing the example of Islamabad’s tragedy, she also came down hard on the government on its unsatisfactory security measures.
Another opposition lawmaker from Jamaat-e-Islami, Ayesha Syed, said there was no reference of Islamic traditions in the draft. “This is the policy of our country, not of China or India,” she added. She further expressed scepticism over the implementation of the National Internal Security Policy.
Earlier, a lawmaker from JI, Sahibzada Tariqullah, appreciated the government for sharing the draft of the policy in the House. About Islamabad’s tragedy, he said despite over 600,000 employees of intelligence agencies this sad incident happened in the federal capital of the country. “This strength is even more than the armed forces,” he remarked.
A lawmaker from PPP Abdus Sattar Bachani strongly criticised the incumbent government for the recent sad incident happened in Islamabad. “In such circumstances, even main places like the Parliament House and PM’s House are not safe,” he added.
Appreciating the government, ANP MNA Haji Ghulam Bilour said it was success of the government to compel TTP for a one-month truce. However, he lambasted the government over the Islamabad tragedy.
Taking the floor, MQM MNA Salman Khan Baloch said the government should fully implement National Internal Security Policy for establishment of peace in the country. He said there was no proper direction in the policy draft. “Attack in Islamabad is tantamount to attack on the entire country,” he added.
Taking part in the debate, PPP MNA Nawab Yousuf Talpur opposed any proposal of army’s representation in peace committee. He also regretted that terror incidents sabotaged the dialogue process.
A treasury lawmaker, Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, opposed the use of the armed forces within the country. Other lawmakers viewed there should be no political point-scoring on the issue of national security.
The opposition lawmakers also pointed out thin presence of the lawmakers in the House during the debate on the policy.
MNA Jamshed Dasti, in the start of the proceedings, tried to take the floor, but the speaker did not allow him to offer comments on the issue of vulgarity in Parliament Lodges. Speaker Iyaz Sadiq said a committee had been formed to probe the allegations and now no new member could be included in it.