ISLAMABAD – Senior PPP leader Raza Rabbani on Thursday came up with an eight-point agenda that he believed could help normalise the spiralling security situation in Karachi, before Interior Minister Rehman Malik took the floor of the House only to inform he could not conclude the law and order debate owing to bad health. The debate on the security situation, with particular reference to Karachi and Balochistan, got underway in the Senate on September 6 on a motion moved by MQM’s Col (retired) Tahir Mashhadi and M Hamza of the PML-N. Nevertheless, Rehman Malik, in his short speech, once again demanded holding of an in-camera session of both the Houses. “I want to inform parliamentarians about the exact situation of Karachi and Balochistan. I shall not only tell the number of criminals apprehended so far, but also present (recorded) confessions made by several criminals,” the interior minister said, deploring that in recent past when he cried out against Taliban presence in Karachi, he was scathingly criticised. “We have evidences that some Taliban operatives have shifted from the Tribal Areas to areas bordering Karachi,” Malik added as he held out assurances that he would conclude the debate on Friday (today). Earlier, as the House resumed its business after the question-hour session, legislators belonging to the PML-N staged a token walkout over what they said was maltreatment of Bloch leaders, notably Talal Bugti and Dr Ramaish, at the hands of personnel of the Frontier Constabulary (FC) and local police in Quetta.Mushahidullah Khan of the PML-N demanded immediate registration of FIRs (first information reports) of all such incidents, pointing out that so far, no case could be registered due to the reluctance of the police.Later, taking part in the debate, Raza Rabbani of the PPP came up with an eight-point agenda that he said would help normalise the security situation in Karachi. The Sindh government, he opined, should develop a broad-based consensus – after taking on board all political, religious groups and other stakeholders – aimed to take stringent measures to curb insurgency in the province. One of Rabbani’s suggestions called for the formation of committees having representation of all stakeholders at the local level. “Such committees would ensure peace in areas assigned to them.”He also proposed enhancing the level of cooperation between intelligence agencies working at the provincial and intra-provincial level. “It would help track inflow and outflow of people coming to Sindh, particularly to Karachi.”Another important proposal Rabbani gave called for the release of suspects only through an impartial complaint board rather than police stations directly. “Because several suspects manage to get free soon after their arrest following political and other sorts of pressure, suspects should be released only after their clearance by a complaint board.” However, he said, arrested suspects should be granted their rights under Article 10 and 10-A that assured the right of fair trial and production of suspect before the court(s) within 24-hour of his/her arrest.Rabbani also proposed to appoint station house officers (SHOs) on merit rather than on political backing, provide cellphone tracking devices to Sindh law-enforcement agencies, enhancing the role of the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) and installing high-quality CCTV cameras across Karachi after removing the outdated ones.Rabbani, however, deplored that the steps the government took were not only insufficient but also ineffective, saying that Pakistan had come to the crossroads, where the ruling elite in general and the State in particular had to decide the fate of the country.The top PPP leader also apprehended that internal and external forces were busy hatching conspiracies in continuation of their designs, based on division of Pakistan.Describing the longstanding issue of a tussle between state institutions in the backdrop of the aforementioned conspiracy, Rabbani said since the formation of the incumbent government, certain quarters were busy weakening pillars of the state.“At first these forces attacked Parliament. This prestigious institute was ridiculed to an extent that parliamentarians felt ashamed of themselves,” he said, adding that their next target was the judiciary.“Both the judiciary and parliament were brought face to face. Even, the landmark 18th and 19th Constitutional Amendments were seen in a controversial manner.” Rabbani further said now, these conspirators were targeting the military. “I am a supporter of across-the-board accountability. The generals are not above the law and retired generals should be tried in civil courts rather in army courts,” he asserted.The senator further said that in the near past, the Pakistanis witnessed controversies, some of them under the name of Memogate, over the issue of writing a letter to Swiss authorities or on missing persons in Balochistan. He said through all those incidents, the conspirators tried to strengthen the argument that Pakistan was unmanageable and ungovernable. Later, the House was adjourned until Friday (today).