ISLAMABAD - The 46th National Assembly session on its first day on Friday mainly focused on law and order situation in Balochistan as a member of the main opposition party PML-N viewed that the incumbent government was not serious in resolving the complicated matter whereas the treasury benches claimed to have implemented 70 per cent of Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan (AHB) package.
The house remained in session only till the end of question-hour session which also turned into a debate when parliamentary secretary Khurram Jahangir Wattoo started elaborating PPP government’s achievements in the restive Balochistan.
In response to a volley of questions from the treasury and opposition members regarding the absence of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani from his province, the role of FC, non-implementation of AHB package, the parliamentary secretary told the house that 42 out of 61 points of Balochistan package had been implemented.
Wattoo said since November 2009 more than 20 review sessions had been held to supervise progress on the AHB package including eight meetings held this year only. A parliamentary committee is actively in the process of holding negotiations with the Baloch leaders, he said adding that the Frontier Corps was totally under the control of provincial government. “FC cannot be deployed and appointed without the permission of chief minister,” he replied.
Unsatisfied with the answers of parliamentary secretary, PML-N senior member Tehmina Daultana contemptuously remarked that a kid was giving answers to an important matter on which the assembly erupted into a heating debate. She asked how many days did Chief Minister Raisani spend in Balochistan and how many times he held meetings with the FC? She said the CM was not serious in improving the worsening law and order situation of the province.
Showing his concern, a legislator of ANP also asked about the status and details of remaining 19 points of Balochistan package that were still not implemented.
Taking the floor, PPP leader Nasir Ali Shah strongly criticised the way the Balochistan issue was being discussed. “Balochistan issue cannot be resolved with political statements...You want to resolve an important matter in the question-hour session,” he derided, suggesting a proper debate be held in the house on this matter.
On this, Wattoo said the federal government was committed to bring the people of Balochistan into mainstream of national uplift and believed in resolving the issues through dialogue by approaching all stakeholders. The PPP government is also in contact with different political parties on this matter, the said. He further informed the house a special cabinet committee headed by Naveed Qamar was actively working over law and order situation of the province. The committee will also hold meetings with all the political leadership of Balochistan, he added.
Responding to the queries raised by the opposition members, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said the demand to withdraw FC from the province was no solution to the problem. “If there is any alternative then it should be shared with us,” he said. He further said that a politician of the stature of Nawaz Sharif should not issue a statement irrelevant to the situation.
Kaira said police controlled only five per cent area of the province while the remaining 95 per cent was either manned by the FC or the tribal forces. He said “We have also sought apology from Baloch people to normalise the situation.”
Earlier, MNA-elect Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasir took oath as member of the National Assembly.
Agencies add: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday demanded the government to form All Parties Commission (APC) on Balochistan situation.
Talking to media here, he demanded all political parties be included in the Commission, stressing all Baloch leaders will have to be brought back to the national mainstream to restore peace in the province.
He said his party will produce the resolution before House Business Advisory Committee to elicit opinions from other parties.
The statement by former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani endorsed the view that the Parliament has been made rubberstamp as the government under President Asif Ali Zardari trampled all the institutions, he added.