ISLAMABAD - Recalling May 12 Karachi carnage in 2007, lawmakers in the upper house of the Parliament Tuesday demanded a detailed report over the killings, besides booking former president Pervez Musharraf and his associates in a case in this connection.

The lawmakers termed May 12 a black day and sought a detailed report about Karachi killings.

Senator Usman Kakar of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) was the first to recall the May 12 tragedy when dozens of people were killed and hundreds injured at a time when deposed chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry was to land at Karachi airport as part of lawyers’ movement for his restoration. Senator Kakar said Gen Pervez Musharraf usurped law, constitution, democracy and the right of masses. He said over 50 people were killed in May 12, 2007 incident and around 500 injured but a case was never registered against the real killers. He accused the former military ruler General (r) Pervez Musharraf of promoting militancy in the country. He said Musharraf had worst political role to damage the whole system of the country.

“The worst situation the country is facing today is because of Musharraf,” he remarked.

“As regard his appearance in courts is concerned, Musharraf is enjoying illegal immunity even today which is worrisome,” he added.

He called for registration of a case against Musharraf and his associates for their alleged role in Karachi carnage.

Senator Ilyas Bilour pointed out that PPP was in power in Sindh for the last 10 years and it should have probed the incident.

Ch Tanveer of PML-N said the house should be informed about the investigations made so far in the incident. Nehal Hashmi of PML-N said political workers and lawyers were victims of the incident and the lawmakers must be informed about the accused arrested and charged in the case.

Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani remarked that May 12 incident was an important day for political workers as well as people of Pakistan. He saluted martyrs of the tragedy.

On a call attention notice by PPP Senator Sassui Palejo about government’s response on the 8th National Finance Commission (NFC) Award, the chair observed that government was not following the due process in this connection. An opposition lawmaker was of the view that finalisation of NFC Award could be delayed.

Responding another call attention notice, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan, on behalf of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, informed the house that the government had constituted a fresh commission for the 8th NFC Award. He said the last NFC was awarded on 21st July, 2010 and under the Constitution the next NFC was to be constituted within five years till 21st July, 2015.

“There is no bar on the government for finalisation of award within five years,” he said referring to the provisions of the constitution. “We are working on the award and as soon an understanding is reached, it will be announced,” the minister said.

However, chairman Senate viewed that fresh award should be unveiled within five years of the announcement of last one. But, when minister insisted on his point, the chair said, “Don’t force me to give a ruling and I will give it in the light of the constitution, now the government will announce the award after the budget when the allocations would have been made.”

Rabbani added that because of the same attitude of the federal government, a provincial assembly was protesting in front of the Parliament House demanding its rights. The chair said he had contacted chief minister KP soon after hearing that the provincial assembly was staging a protest in front of the Parliament and asked him that the representatives of the province in the Senate could raise their concerns before the house.

Parliamentary leader of PPP Saeed Ghani, on a point of order, said Central Selection Board (CSB) in its recent meeting had ignored the officers of Sindh and Balochistan for promotions to next grade which he termed a great discrimination with the smaller provinces. He demanded that PM should review promotions made recently. The chair sought a policy statement from the government on the issue.

State Minister for Interior Baleegur Rehman informed the house that Nadra (National Database and Registration Authority) had made special arrangements to issue CNICs to orphans and children living in the SOS villages and special vans of the authority were busy in issuing cards to them. He said Nadra had processed 44 such cases the other day and the rest were being processed.