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NA suspends business to debate National Security Policy

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Published: March 6, 2014 05:52 pm

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday suspended the business of House to discuss the National
Internal Security Policy while the lawmakers demanded of the government to incorporate their suggestions
in it.

The Minister for Science and Technology, Zahid Hamid, moved a motion to suspend the routine agenda so that threadbare discussion could be held on the matter of national importance. Twelve legislators debated the motion for three hours and 25 minutes. Three PML-N members, including Major (Retd) Tahir Iqbal, Daniyal Aziz and Muhammad Moeen Watto debated the policy and recommended some measures for refinement.

They appreciated various aspects of the policy and urged the government to improve policing system especially after tragic incident in Islamabad. Legislators belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami, Sahibzada Tariqullah and Ms. Aisha appreciated the policy but demanded more hard work by intelligence agencies to counter terrorism.

Yusuf Talpur and Abdul Sattar Bachani of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) urged the government to take effective steps for achieving peace in the country. Dr Shireen Mazari of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) proposed to undertake three major steps based on disengaging, isolating and exterminating the extremists. She supported the idea of disengaging from the US-led war on terrorism and urged to abandon the terminology ‘war on terrorism’ as the “US does not use this terminology any more”. MQM’s Salman Baloch called for stern action against Taliban to save the country. He urged the government to implement the National Internal Security Policy strictly.

Mehmood Khan Achakzai of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Chief said Pakistan must be put on right track with collective wisdom and demanded joint sitting of the Parliament for thorough discussion on the issue. He lamented that the government
was giving protocol to the abrogator of the Constitution.

ANP lawmaker Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had given a bad name to Islam, which was a religion
of peace and there was no place for terrorism in it. JUI-F lawmaker Muhammad Khan Shirani said that peace must be given
a chance and terrorism must be rooted out from the country.

During the session, the House also unanimously passed the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2013, paving the
way for Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court to become ex-officio member of the Commission. The Bill was moved by Minister for
Science and Technology Zahid Hamid in the Lower House of the Parliament. The Bill will become an Act after the approval by the Senate and
President of Pakistan.

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