Govt urged to call joint sitting of parliament on terrorism challenge

Govt urged to call joint sitting of parliament on terrorism challenge
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ISLAMABAD: A key government ally, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), chief Mahmood Khan Ackakzai on Wednesday demanded the government call a joint sitting of parliament to hold a thorough discussion on the issue of terrorism in the country.
Achakzai made the demand when the National Assembly started the debate on the National Internal Security Policy. Although several members of the House took part in the debate, the most blunt and sharp comments came from Ackakzai, who deplored the “non-seriousness” of the assembly in discussing a sensitive issue like terrorism as he pointed to absence of federal ministers and parliamentary leaders of political parties.
He said that the country is at a crossroads. Proposing the government convene a joint sitting of parliament for ten days and come up with a resolution, he said the constitution is supreme and all parties must adhere to the resolution. “The country must be put on the right track with collective wisdom,” Ackakzai said. He even went on to say that if Article 6 of the constitution is removed no one should expect the country to remain united.
About a military operation against extremists, the PkMAP chief said that it could not succeed until Pakistan and Afghanistan are on the same page and noted that military operation should be the last resort. He also demanded that private armies should be banned in the country and suggested the US and Western world should be asked to make their aid conditional with democracy in the country. 
Meanwhile, PTI’s Dr Shireen Mazari proposed undertaking three major steps – disengaging, isolating and exterminating the extremists. “Let us first focus on those people who can be disengaged from extremists; then isolate those who desire to wage a war; and then exterminate such miscreants,” she said. She also called for taking effective steps against the sectarian violence in the country. ANP’s Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour criticised the government over the Islamabad terrorist attack and asked Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan who was behind this heinous act.

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