ISLAMABAD: The legislators in Upper House of parliament on Friday questioned the claim of Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan that late judge Rafaqat Awam fell prey to the bullets of his own security guards in the F8 suicide attack.
There was long discussion between the interior minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan and opposition legislators over the death of a judge in F-8 attack. The senators said that the statement of the minister is beyond comprehension as the joint investigation team (JIT) is yet to submit its report, adding the entry and exit points suggest it was either Kalashnikov or SNG.
Senator Raza Rabbani of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said that the way the incumbent government portrays the terrorist activities gives an impression as it is defending the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He continued that the government is confused to the extent that the prime minister comes up with a different statement while his interior minister narrates something else. “The prime minister blamed Indian spy agency RAW for the F8 suicide attack and his interior minister could be seen defending the Taliban,” he lamented.
Rabbani also severely criticized the federal government for declaring Taliban as patriotic. The interior minister should know that people who defy the constitution, he added, in no way deserve to be treated the way they are being projected. He called upon the government to convene a joint-sitting of the parliament, adding the secret talk rhetoric being pursued by government for striking a peace deal with the militants must be shared with the parliamentarians.
Zahid Khan, a senator of Awami National Party (ANP) dubbed the statement of the minister as ‘pack of lies and joke of the day’. “There were four other people in the room of the judge at the time of the attack and how did it possible that all the three bullets hit the judge”, he questioned. Another ANP lawmaker Afrasiab Khattak also came down on the minister for declaring majority of Taliban as patriotic, adding how come you say that the mindset hell-bent to destroy the people turned out to be patriotic all of a sudden. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) expressed similar reservations like his other colleagues with a demand to hold a judicial inquiry into the matter to ascertain the fact.
In the aftermath of the incident, he said there came three different statements – the prime minister blamed RAW for the F-8 suicide attack; the interior minister has created a new controversy and the medical report is totally opposite. Chairman Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokari went berserk over the remarks of ANP lawmaker Abdul Nabi Bangesh after he blamed him of giving special favours to PPP senator Syeda Sughra Imam for asking supplementary questions. “All the time you allow more than four supplementary questions for Sughra Imam while we’re not allowed to ask even one supplementary, this is not justified”, the ANP backbencher lamented.
The senators kept seeking permission to speak on point of orders without paying any heed to the rules and putting all the blame on the chair at the end of the day like fellow senator Abdul Nabi Bangesh. “I’ve been quite fair to each and every member here in this house but you never acknowledged it”, he said, adding, “You must have patience now and follow the rules. But the rumpus continued to win the race in getting a point of order for speaking against the interior minister.
However, the environment of the upper house of parliament somewhat turned into a junior class, forcing the chair to spring into action, who was already annoyed at Abdul Nabi Bangesh, adjourned the house till Monday at 30:00pm. ANP Senator Farah Aqil moved a calling attention notice to draw the attention of government towards anti-women practices and victimization of young girls and women by tribal jirgas for acts committed by the men folk. The lady senator flayed the government for its lukewarm response in taking action against the decisions of the tribal jirgas which often goes against women.
Meanwhile, the house also condemned India for filing sedition charges against 67 Kashmiri students after some of them cheered for the Pakistani cricket team during a televised match with India on Sunday last. The senators severely criticized suspension of Kashmiri students from the university by Indian authorities, saying it speaks volume of its double standards and exposed the so-called largest democracy of the world. The Senate witnessed introduction of two bills seeking amendment to the Anti-terrorism Act, 1997. State Minister for Interior introduced the bills which were referred to the relevant committees. These include the Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2014 and Anti-terrorism (Second Amendment) Bill, 2014.
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