ISLAMABAD – PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari yesterday said that parliament should assert and reaffirm its supremacy as the true voice of the people to resolve their problems and root out terrorism in the country.
He also proposed the formation of a national security committee to oversee implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) against Counter Terrorism what he said with ‘ambitious aims and high meetings’.
Speaking at a reception hosted in his honour by Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan at the Parliament House, he said, “It is for the parliament to assert and continuously reaffirm its supremacy as the true voice and representative of the people”.
While addressing the senators of all the parliamentary parties in the Senate, including PML-N, MQM, ANP, PKAMP, PTI, JUI-F, PML-F and Fata, Bilawal also said that democracy was the only solution to deal with the challenges faced by the country.
Deputy Chairman Senate Moulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, former chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari and former deputy Speaker NA Faisal Karim Kundi were also present in the Senate banquet hall during his speech.
Bilawal said that the parliament had played an important role to strengthen the ‘sapling’ of democracy as no other (governance) system except democracy could deliver.
“The democracy alone is the system which can deliver, so the parliament must play its role to strengthen the democratic system,” he added.
He called the parliamentarians ‘don’t repeat mistakes of the past’.
The PPP chairman also said that the parliament should support the government to eliminate the menace of terrorism and militancy from the country.
“The parliament has to exercise its supremacy to resolve problems faced by the people and it must support to the government to root out terrorism,” he said.
He said that militancy and terrorism were not only menace rather it was a mindset, which needed to be corrected.
The chairman urged the government to pay attention towards the rehabilitation and settlements of internally displaced people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
“We must ensure that IDPs within KP are treated with respect and dignity so that they are not pushed back into the hands of extremists.
We must ensure that the people of Fata get their rights,” he said.
He said that they must ensure that electoral and judicial reforms take place so they could improve their own legitimacy.
Earlier, senior PPP leadership, party senators, formers party MPs and workers, including Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan and former Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari gave a warm welcome to Bilawal at his arrival in the Parliament House.
Flower petals were showered upon him while Parliament House resounded with the slogans of ‘Zinda hay Bibi, Zinda hay’ from some PPP diehard workers when he entered the building.
At first, Chairman PPP met with the Acting President and Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani in his office.
Earlier in the day during the Senate proceedings, Senator Farhatullah Babar taking part in the debate on presidential address said that none other than the PML-N government embarrassed its own President Mamnoon Hussain by postponing the scheduled conference of OIC Committee on Science and Technology in Islamabad.
He said that the government postponed it twice, one in February and other in November 2015 after the President as chairman of this committee had issued invitation letters to all heads of OIC states.
“OIC Secretary General went from country to country to invite member states for this conference but it was postponed at the last moment,” he added.
Focusing on one point of the presidential address, Babar said that one important point of National Action Plan (NAP) described that banned outfits would not be allowed to operate with the new names.
But a number of banned militant organisations were still operating freely with the new names, he deplored.
He pointed out that banned Lashker-e-Taiba was operating with the new name of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) but government was not taking action against it while wrongly interpreting a high court order.
Babar asked for an inquiry into the Army Public School (APS) incident.
He said that no one ever inquired the reasons of such incident, including Kargil war.
“Because of Kargil, our stance on right of self-determination of Kashmir degenerated on cross border terrorism,” he said.
Similarly, the incidents, including attack on Hamid Mir and killing of journalists, including Saleem Shehzad and Hidyat Ullah Khan were either not probed or their reports were never made public, he said.
He said that the inquiry was never held on selling of centrifuges to other countries and a single person was held responsible.
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