'Adventurism' of armed forces must be stopped, Senate told
06 September, 2012
ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Wednesday was told that "the adventurism" of the armed forces must be stopped and they be put on the right path to help improve the law and order situation in Quetta, Karachi and FATA.
On a point of order, Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Abdul Nabi Bangash said Pakistan was going to celebrate the Defence Day on Thursday (today) but "we should not forget that top officials of the armed forces are doing adventurism".
"In the Kargil fight, several Pakistani soldiers and officials sacrificed their lives and capture the Kargil area. Col Sher Khan and others sacrificed their lives for the sake of country, but later every thing was forgotten. Today, neither the Kashmir issue nor the other disputes with the neighbouring country are resolved. Kashmir and other issues were intentionally not resolved because after it there will be no justification for the massive security forces," he said, adding, "From General Ayub Khan to Musharraf, all played havoc with the country."
"After the Kargil dispute, the then Pakistani army chief and his commanders refused to accept bodies of Col Sher Khan and others. The Pakistani forces accepted their bodies when the Indian Army said that they were going to honour them with Indian awards," the senator said. "We have lost Kargil and Kashmir, then why we are fighting," he asked. He also said that the armed forces then had only conquered the Prime Minister's House and President's House. He suggested that the forces' budget should be presented in parliament and each and everything must be discussed there. Proper measures should be taken to put the armed forces on the right path, he added.
Through another point of order, ANP Senator Shahi Syed expressed serious concern over introduction of "Musharraf's Law in Sindh through a well-planned conspiracy", a reference to the recent activity regarding the local government system in the province. "Long meetings were held between two political parties in Sindh, while other parities, including ANP, PML-F and PML-Q, were kept out. The other three provinces rejected the Musharraf's law while the government wants to introduce it in Sindh through an ordinance. Under this ordinance, government departments will be made hostage. There is a well-planned conspiracy to divide Sindh," he said, adding that he would resist any such effort. He asked the federal government to keep the Sindh government from introducing any such ordinance.
PPP Senator Mukhtar Ahmed told the House that no one could divide Sindh in the presence of the PPP and that there was no threat to the federation. "If someone is planning any conspiracy to divide Sindh, PPP will strongly resist it," the senator said.
Earlier, during the question hour, the House witnessed a heated debate over the alleged incorrect replies given by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and Telecommunication. Over a question of Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, regarding construction of roads in all provinces in 2009-10 and 2010-11, the Senate was informed that a total of 1,191 kilometres of roads were constructed across the country.