ISLAMABAD - Performance of PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa came under fire in the Senate on Monday when members from the treasury and opposition benches criticised the government in coping with deteriorating law and order situation in the province.
The Upper House discussed at length the law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through a motion moved by ANP senior leader Haji Muhammad Adeel.
Taking part in the discussion‚ Afrasiab Khattak said that all the political forces will have to stand united against extremism and terrorism. He said the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has failed to maintain law and order in the province. He said the menace of extortion is also on rise in the province and as a result the investors are shifting to other provinces. Zahid Khan said that there is no writ of government in the province. He said the party leadership of PTI is not paying any attention to address the issue of extremism and terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Abdul Rauf Khan condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Karachi. He said some hidden forces are working behind the scene to create law and order situation in the country.
Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri said there is a dire need of comprehensive strategy to address the law and order situation in the country particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Mian Raza Rabbani said that the menace of terrorism has spread in all parts of the country. He said the claims of the federal government and provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have failed to address the issue. He said the government should take into confidence the Parliament and other stakeholders of the state about the development in dialogue with Taliban. He said it was imperative that the government should convene in-camera joint sitting of the parliament to review the situation.
Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah said that there is great need of decisive governance and ownership of the government to address the issue of terrorism.
Ahmad Hassan Khan said that the government machinery must be made effective and necessary measures must be taken to address the law and order situation in the province. Farhatullah Babar regretted leader of one party ruling in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had shattered the national consensus against terrorism, which led to demoralisation of security forces in the country. Kalsoom Parveen said the government should reconvene All Parties Conference to review the security situation in the country.
Mushahidullah Khan said whatever is happening in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is according to the expectations of the political leadership ruling in the province. He said the government has extended full support to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government but the political leadership ruling there did not show any political will to address the issue.
Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah said there is great need of decisive governance and ownership of the government to address the issue of terrorism.
Ahmad Hassan Khan said the government machinery must be made effective and necessary measures must be taken to address the law and order situation in the province.
The House also deferred a resolution moved by Senator Farhatullah Babar demanding information whether there were any judges in the higher judiciary having dual nationality.
On this Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq sought more time to get the information through the ministry of law and justice. The Chair while refereeing to Article 19-A said he would constitute a House committee to get the required information under this article.
Meanwhile, Syeda Sughra Imam introduced three bills including “The Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill‚ 2013”‚ “The Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill‚ 2013” and “The Privatisation Commission (Amendment) Bill‚ 2013”, which were referred to the concerned committee of the House.
Earlier, the House offered Fateha for the martyrs of the recent incidents of terrorist attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Karachi. The House also offered Fateha for the departed soul of the father of Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman.