ISLAMABAD - Parliamentarians of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday staged a walkout from the proceedings when the National Assembly speaker took the agenda of the Private Members Day rather than discussing the brewing security situation in Karachi, in the House. MQMs deputy parliamentary leader came down hard on the government, saying the other day, it was decided that law and order situation in Karachi would be debated but the promise had not been honoured and the routine agenda of the Private Members Day had been started instead. In the meantime, the MQM lawmakers chanted anti-government slogans and staged a walkout from the proceedings. Later, Minister for Religious Affairs Khursheed Shah claimed that it was a Private Members Day and according to the rules, the House could not discuss the Karachi issue. But, Haider Rizvi, while sticking to his stance, said the debate had been started with a speech by their legislator, Wasim Akhtar, on the first day (August 1) of the session. However, Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, who was not aware of the whole episode, immediately asked all political parties chief whips to give names of their members for the debate and send a team from treasury benches to bring back the MQM lawmakers on the floor of the House. Later, opening debate on security situation in Karachi, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Rana Tanvir expressed concerns on the statements of Interior Minister Rehman Malik regarding poor law and order situation in Karachi, and demanded him to stop giving non-serious and irresponsible statements. He said he was unable to understand that why did not the government change his portfolio as they (government) can complete their five years term without him. Tanvir further said the news items that the president and prime minister had taken notice of deteriorating law and order situation in the business hub city had appeared in media, but the situation remained out of control. He held that the situation could be brought under control should the government takes it seriously. Meanwhile, the MQM lawmakers rejoined the proceedings. Its deputy parliamentary leader, Haider Rizvi, said that targeted killings in Karachi had now taken the shape of a massacre. He told the House that residences of their MNAs were being targeted in Karachi but despite writing various letters to the authorities concerned, no action had been taken for their protection so far. We have also asked the provincial interior minister to take action against everyone involved in such incidents. He was of the view that someone was stopping law enforcement agencies to take action against them. Rizvi added that Karachi was the countrys financial hub and the government would have to protect it to safe Pakistan. He further said that despite the walkout by the MQM legislators the other day, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani did not bother to say a single word and felt appropriate to leave the floor instead. Pakistan Peoples Party-Sherpao (PPP-S) President Aftab Ahmad Sherpao suggested forming a parliamentary committee to probe the whole matter involving targeted killings in Karachi. He said the committee should visit the city and then submit its report in the House. He said the House should be informed about the number of criminals arrested and presented before the courts so far. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) legislator Abdul Qadir Patel, who hails from Karachi, said the government was losing its writ in Karachi. He said that not only MQM workers but activists of the MQM-Haqiqi were also being targeted in Karachi. He opined that other political parties should also admit the Haqiqi partys presence in the city if the situation was to brought under control. No-one can deny its (MQM-H) presence in Karachi. We should also bring it in for discussions to improve the situation, he averred. He said that people were being killed on the basis of linguistics. We have to give political and social rights to everyone, said Patel. Speaking about the Sindh Police, he questioned how could the police take action when they had lost as many as 100 of their officials in various incidents. All stakeholders, including the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) will have to sit together to bring peace in Karachi. The PPP did not kill anyone, he asserted, adding that his party did not want to occupy Karachi. PML-Ns Khawaja Saad Rafiq said the PPPs wish to remain in power was the reason behind the poor law and order situation in Karachi. When the Awami National Party (ANP) and MQM agree to de-weaponaise Karachi, then why does the government show reluctance in this respect, he questioned. He feared that the governments way of ruling might divide Pakistan. Who opposes the formation of new provinces, he questioned, and added, If you form these on linguistic basis, then you will be responsible for dividing the country again. Targeting the government for its poor policies, Rafiq said the government had allotted the portfolio of foreign minister to an inexperienced House member, while the team of the former dictator had been serving in the incumbent federal cabinet. He proposed that a parliamentary committee be formed to look into the affairs of Karachi. The PML-N lawmaker also expressed concerns on the statement of the military chief, saying that it was the duty of the government to talk with Baloch leaders. Meanwhile, responding to Rafiqs terse remarks, Prime Minister Gilani said that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had always acknowledged the role of political government and its mandate to hold talks with Baloch leaders. He clarified that Kayani never made such remarks, saying the COAS had categorically stated that the democratic government needed to talk to Baloch leaders because it was not the armys duty. The prime minister also dispelled the impression that the government wanted to create differences between various segments of society in Karachi, and added that his government only desired peace in the city.