ISLAMABAD - Indulging in blame game on the gory incident of Abbas Town, opposition and treasury lawmakers in Tuesday's session of the National Assembly grilled Centre and the Punjab governments for their criminal inaction against the terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi operating in the country. The House suspending the heavy agenda on private member day to discuss the Abbas Town carnage, under an adjournment motion moved by MQM, witnessed fiery speeches from across the political divide in the House with most members coming down hard on Punjab government for letting the banned outfits operate freely from province soil.Initiating a debate on recent gory incident in Karachi (Abbas Town), MQM senior legislator Waseem Akhtar said now the proscribed organisations should not be called 'banned' organisations as they were operating freely with their nefarious aims. "Saying them banned organisations is just hoodwinking," he said, adding that assemblies were not making proper legislation to maintain law and order. MQM legislator further said president of the country even having powers was not taking measures to control this menace. "President knows who is creating bad taste between Shia and Sunni people. Why is he not taking action," he questioned."These criminals in some of the Karachi areas, where even Rangers cannot operate, have even occupied ANP's offices. This is conspiracy and it’s not understandable why government is keeping mum on this matter," he maintained. Taking the floor, senior lawmaker from PML-N Khwaja Asif compared incumbent assembly as most 'insensitive' and 'dysfunctional' of the country, which could not effectively delivered in its term. "In remaining 10 days of this assembly we can only express regret," he added. PML-N leader criticised that law enforcement personnel including Rangers reached very late at the place of tragic incident in Karachi. Upon this, PPP's young lawmaker Noor Alam in a counter attack said the Shia-Sunni conflict had origin in the remote past. He hinted links of banned outfits with Punjab government. "PPP will hold election on time and will win once again," he added.On his turn, ANP's MNA Hamayat Ullah was of the view that there was a need to take immediate action against proclaimed Jihadi elements. "If they can take control in 'Swat' why not in Federal Capital," he said, criticising the government for its inaction."Even they can access to nuclear assets as they are working with proper strategy," he felt.ANP's MNA also came down hard on judiciary for not disposing of pending cases. "Army General should be summoned in the House and we will ask him who is creating hurdles," he added.Taking the floor, PML-Q lawmaker from Jhang Sheikh Waqas said the recent incident in Karachi was inability of Sindh government. He said there was a need to secure country from internal threats.Sharing the saga of an advertisement in Jhang, he said, pictures of the men from banned outfit were displayed on it and when an attempt was made to remove these, Punjab police's 'elite vehicles' protected it."This is called protection and it simply gives message who are with them," he added, without naming any one. He further said that there was no need of elections if worsening law and order situation could not be controlled. "We are not in favour of ballot box soaked with human blood," he added. Another PML(Q) MNA Sardar Bhadar Khan Sehar said all the secret agencies should be on same page to handle this menace. JUI-F's legislator Moulvi Asmat proposed that all the problems could only be resolved by implementing Quran and Sunnah in our lives. "If our constitution is Islamic why don't we implement Islamic system in the country," he added. PPP legislator, Chairman PAC Nadeem Afzal Gondal presented a special report of the public accounts committee, on the policy of allotment of plots to the federal government employees and others.Earlier, a report of the standing committee on the Interior on the national counter terrorism authority bill,2013 was presented in the House. The NACTA bill aims at establishing the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), which is also at par with the best international standards. MNA Riaz Fatiyana presented a report of the standing committee on the bill to make provisions for prohibition of corporal punishment against children (The prohibition of corporal punishment bill,2010).  The statement of objects and reasons says it is function of the state to protest the inviolable dignity of children as a human right. Corporal punishment is common and rampant in our schools and is also found in 'care institutions'. It is used as a form of showing control , intimidation and authority. These are the reasons for which this bill seeks to eliminate corporal punishment.

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