NA recommends all-parties commission on Balochistan
13 October, 2012
ISLAMABAD: The Lower House of parliament on Friday unanimously adopted an opposition-led resolution for setting up an all-parties commission on Balochistan to bring back the estranged exiled leadership of the province into the mainstream.
Apart from Balochistan, the opposition PML-N also succeeded in getting a resolution passed from the House for withdrawal of the decision to review the prices of petroleum products on weekly basis, with the support of treasury side, which backed both the resolutions.
The resolution on Balochistan, moved by the PML-N's legal wizard Zahid Hamid, called upon the federal government to immediately form an all-parties commission comprising members of all major political parties including those not represented in the present parliament with the mandate to bring all estranged leaders and political parties in Balochistan back into political mainstream.
The commission envisages urgently reaching out to and establishing lines of communication with these leaders and parties, and convey, among other things, the genuine desire of the House to rectify past mistakes and ensure supremacy of constitution, rule of law and dispensation of justice. It noted that House was deeply conscious of urgent need to bring about a broad-based and effective political reconciliation in Balochistan, thereby enabling the active participation of all political parties and leaders in the national democratic process and ensuring full and proper representation and empowerment of people of Balchistan.
Meanwhile, the resolution to withdraw the weekly price review of petroleum products said that the House strongly disapproved the frequent increase in prices of petroleum products which were causing immense misery and suffering for the common man, adversely affecting the industrial, agriculture and transport sectors and bringing the economy to the brink of collapse.
These increases, it added, were unbearable and price fluctuations were now taking place on a weekly basis thus giving rise to huge uncertainty, artificial shortages and higher costs. The House called upon the government to immediately withdraw the decision to review prices on weekly basis.