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Senators walk out of House against killings in Karachi, Balochistan

01 February, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Legislators in the Upper House on Thursday strongly reacted to the killing of Mufti Abdul Majeed Deenpuri and his other two companions in Karachi and walked out of the Senate, claiming that the government has totally failed to ensure safety of people and their properties.

Senators belonging to the JUI-F, ANP, PML-N, PML-Q, BNP-A and MQM staged the walkout in protest. On a point of order, the JUI-F Senator Haji Ghulam Ali condemned the killing religious scholar and two other persons in Karachi.

Apart from this, he said that seven people were also killed in Balochistan on Thursday despite of imposition of governor's rule in the province.

"The centre as well as the provincial government of Sindh has totally failed to stop targeted killings," he said. He requested all democratic political parties to join them in protest and walk out from the House against the killings in Karachi and Balochistan.

Balochistan National Party-Awami Senator Kalsoom Parveen also held a separate walkout against the imposition of the governor's rule in Balochistan and vowed to continue the token walkout until the rule ends.

After returning, JUI-F Senator Ghulam Ali said that the country was confronting terrorism and "if appropriate measures were not taken immediately, it will destroy the entire country". "We should concentrate on removing militancy and terrorism from the country."

He urged the federal government and the president to restore the democratic government in Balochistan, and asked the security agencies to be more vigilant.

PML-N's Zafar Ali Shah told the House that imposition of the governor's rule in Balochistan was a serious issue. "According to law, it should be presented in the joint session of the parliament."

Leader of the House Jahangir Badr, responding to Shah, said the law minister would be asked to explain the legal position in this matter and if required, the government would present it in a joint session.

MQM leader Col (r) Tahir Mashhadi said that Rangers and police had became silent spectaculars as people were being killed in Karachi. "Interior Minister Rehman Malik's statement of expected terrorist activities in Karachi also created panic among the people. The government should take appropriate measures to ensure safety of the people."

Minority Senator Kamran Mical also walked out over the interior minister's statements against minorities. Before the walked out, he said the minister give a statement in which he asked the Taliban to lay arms or declare themselves non-Muslims. He said the non-Muslims in Pakistan were living peacefully and walked as ambassadors of Pakistan in the rest of the world. He demanded the interior minister clear his statement. The PML-N senators also joined him during the walk out.

Condemning the killing of a religious leader in Karachi, Senator Chaudhry Muhammad Jaffar Iqbal said not a single constable was on the main roads of Karachi. He expressed astonishment that the MQM was an ally of the government both in Sindh and the Centre, but was just protesting against Karachi killings. He suggested that the MQM should either part ways with the government or stop mourning, because "they are also responsible for the killings there". He asked the MQM to give up double standards.

Meanwhile, the Senate passed two bills the Motor Vehicle Ordinance, 1965 {The Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2012} and the Pakistan Coinage (Amendment) Bill 2012.


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