Senate session: Balochistan debate kicks off despite Malik’s tardiness

Only four members showed up at the beginning of the session, although the number rose to 26 later.

Sumera Khan August 02, 2012


Just about everyone in the opposition walked out of Senate on Wednesday, protesting the consistent absence of Interior Minister Rehman Malik so soon after he took his oath.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat-Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) and Awami National Party (ANP) senators termed his absence ‘deplorable and disgusting’ on a day when a debate on the law and order situation in Balochistan was on the agenda, despite a notice being served to him in advance.

Only four members showed up at the beginning of the session, although the number rose to 26 later.

Senate Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, taking stern notice of the interior minister’s absence, directed the leader of the house to tell Malik to immediately attend session and suspended proceedings for 15 minutes.

Malik then made a dramatic entrance, submitting that he had been busy with other engagements, after which the debate on Balochistan was formally kicked off by ANP senator Ilyas Bilour.

Bilour demanded practical steps to resolve the Balochistan issue instead of mere acts of contrition which had not worked in the past.

JUI-F senator Hafiz Hamidullah saw a foreign hand behind the urrest, saying “The US wants to use Balochistan as a strategic operational point from where it can control Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan while China (wants to) use the Gwadar port, where it spent billions of dollars, as a trade corridor.”

Hamidullah also held army generals responsible for the deteriorating situation, despite saying earlier in the session that comments against the army at any forum were ‘an act of treason’ and remarks against judges should be taken as contempt of court.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2012.



A J Khan | 9 years ago | Reply

Balochistan issue is nothing more than the Baloch leadership itself. It is a combination of ruthless criminals, financially corrupt people. They have combined tribal system with the regular law which has resulted in the destruction of all the institutions. Executive function as a tribal system and judicially regular laws are extended to the whole of Balochistan. They should either have no B Areas and tribal system or they should be governed under FCR where Tribes have collective responsibility. The leadership whether they are with the government or sitting outside Pakistan are corrupt to nose and they have no sympathy with the comman man of the Province. The so called Nwabs, Sardars still sell the jobs of BPS 1 to 15 to their Balochs.

Zabandraz | 9 years ago | Reply

This shows the interest of the Govt. in resolving the Blauchistan issue!!!

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