ISLAMABAD- The treasury and opposition benches in the National Assembly (NA) on Monday remembering the May 12, 2007 carnage in Karachi urged the government to probe the incident in all aspects.
The lawmakers from both sides of the aisle only consumed last 20 minutes of around four hours long session to discuss the May 12 incident. PkMAP Chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai from treasury benches drew the attention of the house towards 12 May incident, saying that a resolution should be passed to identify responsible persons behind the bloodshed in the biggest city of the country. “There is need to pass a resolution on this incident...A commission should be formed to probe the incident,” he demanded.
Taking the floor, MQM’s Parliamentary Leader Abdul Rashid Godil also supported an inquiry into the incident. “Our 14 party members were martyred on that day...We need to come out of the prejudice as all the Pakistanis without any discrimination are same,” he said, adding that MQM was indirectly being taunted on this incident.
“We have also faced allegation of Jinnahpur and our thousands of workers were killed in this episode,” he said and raised voice against the Karachi operation being carried out for the last eight months. “Where should we raise our voice as sense of deprivation is fast increasing,” he maintained. He also lambasted the lawmakers from other factions for not supporting them.
Lawmaker from JI, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, also put weight behind the probe of May 12 incident. “The government should investigate this matter. This city has been facing a number of such kinds of carnages,” he said. He demanded of the government to share the identity of the people arrested in Karachi operation. He also strongly condemned the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO).
Sheikh Aftab, state minister for parliamentary affairs, at the last minute of the proceeding supported the point raised by Mehmood Khan Achakzai with reference to May 12, 2007. “If they bring any resolution, we will definitely support them,” he said and added the day will be remembered as black day in the history.
Earlier, the house consumed over an hour to settle the matter regarding privilege motion of PTI’s lawmaker Ghulam Sarwar Khan. The house witnessed rumpus when treasury and opposition indulged in verbal brawl over the matter.
However, the speaker after listening to the arguments for an hour reserved his ruling for an appropriate time, despite the demand of the opposition parties including PPP, PTI and QWP to refer the matter to the concerned house committee. The government side opposed the privilege motion and urged the speaker not to entertain it as “admissible”.
PTI’s Ghulam Sarwar Khan, on privilege motion, said that he was kept in dark despite the verdict of the apex court and its intimation to NA Secretariat. He said his privilege has been breached, as his constituency remained un-represented for 10 months. Federal Minister Barjis Tahir took the floor and termed it a different kind of case in the history of the country. The minister also accused PTI’s lawmaker of distorting the facts.
Earlier, the house also debated the law and order situation in the country and lawmakers Shazia Marri, Sahibzada Yaqoob, Dr Ramesh and Abdul Waseem spoke on it.
MNA Shazia Marri on her turn said that there is a need to be honest while speaking on national issues.