Parliament mourns Quetta carnage
19 February, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Both the Houses of parliament on Monday grieved the killings of Hazara people in Quetta in a powerful blast amid calls for action to stop such terrorist attacks.
Speaking in the National Assembly, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf urged rising above the political divide against the menace of terrorism. Following the speeches from both sides of the aisle, a visibly grieved prime minister assured the House that the government make all possible efforts to apprehend those involved in the killing of Hazara community members.
He called upon the nation and political forces to back the security forces to fight against terrorism in Balochistan, as they did in Swat. He stressed that no political divide should come in pursuit of this task.
Earlier, on the first day of 50th and last session of its tenure, the incumbent National Assembly spoke jointly against the recent terrorist attack in Quetta.
Meanwhile, the Senate on Monday observed separate walkouts by the MQM, PML-N, JUI-F and BNP-A over the Hazara killings in Quetta. MQM leader Tahir Hussain Mashhadi condemned the killing of the Hazara people in Balochistan and demanded the government take appropriate measures for their protection.
Meanwhile, BNP-A's Senator Kalsoom Parveen was of the view that despite imposition of governor's rule in Balochistan, occurrence of such a big incident reflects the inefficiency of the government.
JUI-F Senator Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani stressed for the permanent solution of Balochistan unrest. He also said the federal government currently has no policy to deal properly with the unrest in Karachi and suggested formation of a judicial commission to probe the killing of Hazara people.