ISLAMABAD - Lawmakers from treasury and opposition benches in the National Assembly on Monday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on two Lahore churches terming it a planned conspiracy to disrepute Pakistan in the world.
The MNAs appealed to the prime minister to form a task force to stop terror incidents particularly at religious places.
A suggestion was also floated to summon a joint session of the parliament to solely debate terrorism in the country, with an aim to find a “proper solution”.
"When we reach consensus that terrorism is our main issue, then leaving all other matters, solution of this menace should be identified," said PkMAP chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai, taking part in the discussion about terror attack on the two churches.
"We need to tell to the masses that how Madaris were used," he said adding that proper inquiries of murders should be carried out. Masses of the country are real power to save this country so further delay would not be affordable.
PPP's Naveed Qamar, on point of order, also termed it a planned conspiracy to give bad name to the country. "We need to take care of minorities as such incidents are highlighted in the world with a different way," he added.
Another lawmaker Aasia Nasir said that there was a need for special security of minorities worship places as enemies have nefarious designs about country. "These incidents could have been be avoided had the state taken proper action against criminals in previous incidents," she said, while condemning the terrorist attacks.
Naeema Kishwar from JUI-F considered it a planned conspiracy. "Punjab government should share complete report on it. A person who was killed by the protesting mob is also condemnable as nobody has right to kill him," she added.
ANP's lawmaker Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said that Ulema (religious scholars) should also play their role against the menace of terrorism in the country.
Tariq Maseeh Nasir, Asif Hasnain, Ayesha Syed, Sanjay Parwani and G.G. Jamal also condemned the incident and demanded proper inquiry into the incident.
They said that those involved in the attacks are the enemy of the country and they wanted to create unrest through such cowardly acts. They also paid tributes to the police personnel who sacrificed their lives while protecting the churches. The members also condemned the act of burning of two persons alive during the protest in Lahore.
The house, which was expected to debate Rangers' raid at Nine-zero, would discuss the matter today as MQM ostensibly was interested to take more time on this matter before the government's policy statement'.
PML-N lawmaker Awais Leghari, at the fag end of proceeding, pointed out the picture of Chairman SECP Tahir Mahmood at the Gazette of Pakistan. Speaker Iyaz Sadiq took a strong notice and asked the concerned quarters to meet him in his chamber. "This is not fashion show magazine. Finance Minister should also see this matter," he added.
The house also passed 'The Seed (amendment) bill, 2014', while five bills were also introduced in the house. These include "The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015", "The Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2015", "The Hindu Marriage Bill, 2015", "The Banks (Nationalization) (Amendment) Bill, 2015" and "The Capital University of Science and Technology Bill, 2015".
Earlier, the Speaker deferred both the call attention notices about the shortage of water likely to cause drought in the country and non-convening the CCI meeting during the last 9 months.