PESHAWAR - Expressing grave concern over the rapidly deteriorating law and order situation, bomb blasts, target killings and extortion, the legislators both from treasury and opposition benches in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Monday unanimously asked the federal government to coordinate with provincial government to tackle the situation.
They also asked the federal government to send Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to give them an in camera briefing upon the current situation and take practical steps to overcome the existing law and order issue.
The legislators unanimously supported the jointly drafted resolution, when the deputy speaker Imtiaz Shahid put it for voice vote for which he had already relaxed relevant rules with the consent of the House.
Pakistan People's Party (PPP)'s legislator Nighat Orakzai moved the resolution carrying signatures of Minister for Information Shah Farman, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Habibur Rehman, Awami Jamhori Ittehad (AJI) Sharam Khan Tarakai, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Sikandar Sherpao, Awami National Party (ANP) Jaffar Shah, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)'s Aurangzeb Nalota and others.
The representatives of all the political parties observed that law and order situation across the province was rapidly getting deteriorated as kidnapping for ransom had turned into a profitable business, while bomb blasts and target killings were also order of the day. The movers recalled that all the political forces in last all parties' conference (APC) held at Islamabad had mandated the federal government to sort out an amicable solution to the persisting crisis and restore durable peace in the country.
They further said the federal interior minister should himself visit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and give an in camera briefing to the legislators on the prevailing situation.
The House admitted the adjournment motion of former senior minister Sikandar Sherpao for discussion regarding increasing price hike and lack of government's interest. He said the prices of daily commodities' were increasing making the lives of common people miserable. Instead of fulfilling its responsibilities, he said, the provincial government was shifting its responsibilities on the federal government while the same was the case with the centre.
Comparing reports of the State Bank of Pakistan, he said the inflation ratio in Peshawar had been indicated 14.1 percent while it was 9.9 percent in Lahore, 8.05 in Karachi and 9.7 in Quetta, adding, it should have been the same in every provincial metropolis of the country if it was due to the federal government's policies. There was no check on price control and the same food items were being sold at different prices.