Peace talks likely to dominate Senate, NA proceedings

Peace talks likely to dominate Senate, NA proceedings

ISLAMABAD: Both Houses of parliament will meet today (Monday) with peace efforts with the Taliban likely to dominate the proceedings of the both the forums. Although orders of the day of both the Houses contain nothing related to the most chronic issue wrecking havoc on the country, parliamentary sources strongly believed that it would figure prominently. In the National Assembly, staunch opponents of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) – and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf would trigger the issue in different ways.
According to sources in the PPP and MQM, both the parties would ask the government about its future line of action following the terrorism spree carried out by TTP and the subsequent bombardment of their compounds in the tribal areas of the country.
It would be appropriate for the government to tell the nation explicitly what path it would pursue after Talban militants construed the peace efforts as its weakness and bent upon undertaking their terror activities, a source in the PPP pointed out.
Parliamentary sources said that functioning of the government committee to hold talks with TTP would also be questioned as what it has achieved by entering into dialogue.   PPP stalwart and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah has already termed peace talks a futile exercise as they have lost the utility when militants unleashed a reign of terror by killing FC personnel as well as policemen in Karachi.
As a motion on the law and order situation is already under discussion for the last two sessions, opposition benches would resume the debate on it and focus on terrorism and peace efforts.
In the Senate, a private member day will be order of the day, but on points of order opposition benches may speak on terrorism related issue and dialogue with the militants. The Senate is dominated by opposition benches in terms of their numerical strength.  
Apart from security situation, the Senate will take up an important resolution to be moved by PPP Senator Karim Khawaja envisaging implementation of Charter of Democracy.   
Through another resolution, the House will discuss water disputes with India and call upon the government to include the issue in composite dialogue with the neighbouring country.

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