The National Assembly passed a deweaponisation resolution on Tuesday presented by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), reported Express News.
The resolution was presented by MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar and was opposed by Awami National Party (ANP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).
ANP had opposed the resolution as the party wanted to deweaponise Karachi only while the MQM opted for deweaponisation of the entire country.
The ANP had moved a motion in the Senate earlier seeking effective measures from the government to deweaponise Karachi in view of the prevailing law and order situation.
Dr Sattar, speaking to the media after the NA session, said that the problem of terrorism should be rooted out from the country. “Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta and all places where innocent Pakistani are being killed will be cleansed [through deweaponisation].”
The MQM leader expressed hope that the deweaponisation bill, which the MQM presented in January 2011, will also be approved.
He said that the first step in deweaponisation would be to hunt down the factories of weapons and then the sellers – whether they are inside or outside the country – and take action against them.
“We have invited all political parties to come onboard for the sake of national interest,” he added.
The issue of military operations in Karachi and deweaponisation sprang up after a recent bomb blast that took place near an imambargah in Karachi.