ISLAMABAD: The Upper House of Parliament was informed on Thursday that proper attention should be given to FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in order to fight terrorism as targets could not be achieved without their support.
Senator Abbas Khan Afridi expressed these views while taking part in motion moved by Senator Mian Raza Rabbani. The motion states that the House may discuss current political and security situation in the country with particular reference to Balochistan, FATA and Rawalpindi incident.
Afridi claimed that the people of FATA were always ignored by bureaucracy and those who have migrated and left their houses should be provided relief, and to settle them is responsibility of the government.
FATA IDPs are living in a miserable condition across the country, he said and added that “there is no check and balance on foreign funding of NGOs and role of FATA Secretariat”.
The senator expressed hope that the current government would take necessary steps to provide relief to the people of FATA and also provide them equal status. He requested the government to provide a special package to the people of FATA and KP like other provinces.
Afridi also claimed that the people of FATA are loyal to Pakistan and have contributed a lot for the development of the country but they were always deprived of their rights.
Senator Zahid Khan said that foreign funding should be monitored through a transparent mechanism to provide relief to the people of KP and FATA. He regretted that law and order situation in the country is going from bad to worse. He said terrorism has affected the entire country but FATA and KP were in front against the war on terror.
He said dialogue should start when all parties has already given the mandate to government. He said that forces should not be deployed in FATA because it required the support of the local people and without their will targets could not be achieved.
He said the prime minister should come to parliament and brief the parliamentarians on different issues.
Senator Saeed Ghani said that a specific class is being given relief while common people are suffering due to policies of government. He said that inflation had increased during the tenure of present government.
Responding to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s policy speech on Wednesday, Saeed Ghani said the actual situation was that foreign exchange reserves, foreign direct investment and value of rupee were declining while inflation was on the rise.
Senator Mian Raza Rabbani was of the view that the prime minister “violated the constitution of Pakistan” and could not attend the National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan “which reflects that the government is sidelining parliament”.
He warned that if the government sidelines the parliament, non-democratic forces could come forward and play havoc with democracy.
Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq told the House that Nawaz Sharif had struggled “greatly for restoration of democracy” in the country. However, he added, due to poor law and order situation and important engagement, the PM was unable to attend both the houses.
Raja Zafarul Haq assured the House that the PM would attend both the houses of parliament.
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