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Oppositon demanded the govt and military to review their policies

03 January, 2015

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition and treasury benches on Friday 2 January 2015 demanded the government and the military leadership review their policies to counter terrorism, during the National Assembly session just a day before the House takes up the National Action Plan.

The House resumed discussion on a motion moved by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad regarding the incident of attack by terrorists on a school in Peshawar. For the second consecutive day the house witnessed very thin presence of lawmakers mainly due to participation of parliamentary heads in the multi-party meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss the implementation of National Action Plan (NAP).

Commenting on the debate over deadly Taliban attack on Army Public School in Peshawar on December 16, the lawmakers said that there was an urgent need to focus on terrorism while the government should take steps to review the existing laws in this regard. They stressed the need for practical steps against the menace of terrorism in the country just a day before the house will take up much talked National Action Plan. PML-N MNA Umer Ayub Khan said that the government should take steps to bring reforms in the curriculum to change the narratives regarding the terrorism.

Umar Ayub Khan said that the attack on the school in Peshawar has united the nation in its resolve to eradicate terrorism from the country. He said the whole nation is looking towards the Parliament for strict legislation for the trial of the terrorists. He said besides legislation measures should also be taken to eradicate the root causes of terrorism in the country. Abdul Wasim strongly condemning the Peshawar incident described it as the worst incident in the history of the country. He said all the policies made by the government for the eradication of terrorism time to time should be implemented in letter and in spirit.

Sher Akbar Khan said that the government should take long-term measures for the eradication of terrorism from the country. He said the measures should be adopted unanimously in all the four provinces. Among others who spoke on the occasion include Maulana Amir Zaman, Khalil George, Kishwar Zehra, Asif Hasnain, Aisha Syed, Aliya Kamran, Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, Shahjehan and Abdul Ghaffar Dogar.

Lawmakers reiterated their resolve to formulate strict laws for eradicating the menace of terrorism from the country. Umer Ayub said that terrorists have selected the day of December 16 for the attack on the school. He said the terrorists started a psychological warfare against the nation and country. The parliamentarian said, “People are expecting from us to come up with strict laws against the menace of terrorism.”

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