For the Hazaras: Senate walkouts protest Quetta tragedy

Published: February 19, 2013

JUI-F Senator Muhammad Khan Shirani.

ISLAMABAD: 

The Senate sitting on Monday witnessed mass walkouts as lawmakers berated the lax security setup in Balochistan, and the government’s inability to address the “root causes” of mounting terror which triggered the Quetta carnage on Saturday.

Lawmakers were unanimous in their condemnation of the Hazara killings and their criticism for the state machinery in Balochistan.

“Governor’s rule will never help without cutting at the root causes of terrorism,” said JUI-F Senator Muhammad Khan Shirani, before storming out with senators of his party. “The Hazaras are now seeking the help of the military. Will the military be of any help? Has it been of any help in Waziristan? Will we call in the NATO forces then?”

Senators belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Balochistan National Party (Awami) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) also walked out from the house, protesting the unending trend of terror attacks. The walkouts led to adjournment of the House till Tuesday (today). Earlier, Opposition Leader in Senate Ishaq Dar had sought a detailed report from the interior and defence ministries over the security situation in Balochistan and asked the chair for ruling in this regard.

The government has “miserably failed” to protect the lives of the Hazara people, said MQM senator Tahir Mashadi as he walked out of the session.

Kalsum Perveen, a lawmaker hailing from Balochistan, said that the recent terror attack was no less than a “drone attack” on the Hazara community.

“Why action is not taken against the security agencies when you know that they are responsible for the security lapse?” Questioned Senator Zahid Khan of ANP. Other senators expressed astonishment over how 800 kg heavy explosives were carried in an area which was supposed to be under strict security.

New bills

Before the outrage over the Quetta carnage, three legislative bills were introduced calling for the establishment of three universities. These include The Dar-ul-Madina International University Islamabad Bill, The South Asian Strategic Stability Institute University Islamabad Bill and The My University Islamabad Bill.

The bills were moved by Senator Saeed Ghani and the chair referred the bills to the concerned standing committee of the House.

The House also passed a resolution recommending that the government take steps to provide housing facilities to all federal government employees through Pakistan Housing Authority.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 19th, 2013.

Reader Comments (4)

  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Feb 19, 2013 - 10:58AM

    JUI is partly to blame who have historical ties with Taliban and the likes. Their stand is hypocritical.

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  • SHADI
    Feb 19, 2013 - 11:38AM

    “Senators belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)” – interesting, maybe they should walk out each time Rana Sanaullah walks into their meetings as well.

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  • Feb 19, 2013 - 5:09PM

    “Governor’s rule will never help without cutting at the root causes of terrorism,” said JUI-F Senator Muhammad Khan Shirani, before storming out with senators of his party. “The Hazaras are now seeking the help of the military. Will the military be of any help? Has it been of any help in Waziristan? Will we call in the NATO forces then?”

    the senator is right when he says that without removing the root cause of terrorism ( including sectarian violence) nothing will help.. some terrorists may be wiped out but unless the offspring of the root cause i.e. the radical ideology many more will take birth.. But Mr senator your perception of root cause must be something different as the radical ideology is .what is encouraged and supported by JUI F. Please declare the root cause (Drone. USA. Raw , Mossad or something else)

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  • Stranger
    Feb 19, 2013 - 5:17PM

    What will you get by walking out . its the other way – you should SIT in the assembly and pass bills or take up cudgels . Walking out is the easiest thing to do .

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