NA adopts unanimous motion to form Committee for Karachi, Balochistan

National AssemblyISLAMABAD, Aug 12 (APP): National Assembly on Friday unanimously adopted a motion to form a Committee of the Parliament comprising members of all political parties to review law and order situation in Karachi and Quetta and report in two months. The mover, Aftab Sheikh from PML-N, said the committee would report back in one month, but later it was decided to extend the time to two months. Commenting on the motion, JUI-F’s leader Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman proposed that parliamentary leaders of all political parties should directly interact with people in Karachi to understand their problems.
He said situation in Karachi had been dragged to a point where it could not be handled by one or two political parties, and added it was a collective responsibility of representatives of the people to solve this issue.Maulana, however, said use of force should not be the option to deal with such situation elsewhere in the country, and opined dialogue was the best way to settle issues.MNA from MQM Haider Abbas Rizvi said it was of paramount importance to have a committee of senior members of all political parties that should go to Karachi and meet people belonging to all walks of life.
He sought all resources for the committee to enable its members come up with a solid and comprehensive report that must be implemented.
Interior Minister Rehman, who earlier spoke his heart on security situation in Balochistan and Karachi, was happy over the unanimity of views of the members on the committee.He requested to have an in-camera session of the House as he intended to reveal some startling facts about unrest in Balochistan, where foreign interference was evident.The Interior Minister said proscribed organisations and Taliban had formed a nexus in Balochistan.People belonging to Hazara, Punjab and Pushtun background are being targetted on ethnic and sectarian lines under a well-planned scheme, he added.
MNA from ANP Bushra Gohar, though espoused the committee, however questioned why the Parliament’s Committee on National Security, which already exists, could not be asked for action in this respect.He argued it would be quicker if the Committee on National Security was entrusted to cope with this issue, but Chief Whip Khurshid Shah said a separate Committee would be more efficient.Engr. Shaukatullah called for a committee for Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and hoped it would improve situation there.