ISLAMABAD - The federal government Friday claimed there was no military operation underway in North Waziristan Agency or other tribal areas, and any such decision would be made with the consultation of political stakeholders.
“If the decision of operation is made at any stage, it will be taken with full consultation... Such a decision cannot be made secretly as it takes two to three weeks to initiate process after the decision ,” Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan stated in the National Assembly (NA).
Responding to the point of order raised by opposition lawmakers about mass exodus from the tribal areas, Nisar assured to take care of internally displaced persons (IDPs) during the precision airstrikes. A committee has also been formed under ministry of SAFRON to deal with the issues of the IDPs. He said the military has been asked to ensure zero per cent collateral damage in the airstrikes.
He said the number of those displaced in the aftermath of precision strikes was not great enough to require a process of formal transportation and registration.
Sharing a disparity of compensation funds for the martyrs of different areas of the country, the minister said a package will be approved by the federal cabinet to give equal compensation to all. “Albeit there is no cost of human life but for the compensation of affected families, a package has been finalised," he added.
"The government will use all available resources to deal with the menace of terrorism in the country." Though proper discussion over the National Security Policy will start from Monday, sharing one of its aspects, Nisar said the policy envisages allocation of Rs32 billion for the strengthening of internal security network.
He also briefly highlighted the need for coordination amongst the provinces to deal with the issue of terrorism. There is need of joint meeting between federation and provinces almost every month for better intelligence network, he added. He further informed that Prime Minister Sharif is schedule to meet all the four chief ministers next week with the aim to seek their input on the internal security policy.
About the matter of startling disclosure of independent MNA Jamshed Dasti that Parliament Lodges have turned into 'centre of immoral activities', Nisar said these allegations were baseless. “If there is any specific information about such activities then it should be brought up with evidence. The entire house will cooperate to take action against those involved in such activities,” he said, asking the fellow lawmakers to avoid deliberating on this matter before evidence is provided to the speaker.
On it, Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that a letter has been written to Dasti asking him to provide evidence supporting his claims. He also requested MNAs to not to deliberate on this matter till the evidence is provided to the speaker. MNA Irfan Dogar however tried to speak on the matter but intervention by Nisar worked and his microphone was turned off.
Taking the floor for the third time, Nisar repeated that allegations levelled by Dasti are totally baseless, as he has checked from sources including the Special Branch. "This is the residence of respectable parliamentarians, it is better to discuss this issue in the speaker chamber."
Responding to a question about MDGs, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said the government is making all-out efforts to take ownership of MDGs. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, in a written reply, said that 26 per cent share of PTCL were sold to M/S Etisalat for $2,598,960,000.
To another question, Minister In-charge of PM office in a written reply said nuclear power plants (K-2/k-3) are being built with the collaboration of China in Karachi. The prime minister on Nov 26, 2013 inaugurated groundbreaking ceremony near the existing nuclear power plant KANUPP.