ISLAMABAD - Parliamentary parties mostly those in the opposition have been disappointed over the manner the federal government presented the much awaited National Security Policy in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

Leaders of main opposition parties in the parliament refused toe comment on the fundamental contours of the policy, which has already been approved by the federal cabinet.

“It is premature to make any comment unless we have been provided with the document,” said PTI central leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi. He said he was at loss to understand the purpose of the announcement of the policy by the Interior Minister.

He said that PTI core committee would meet today to discuss the policy and would make necessary recommendations to the government to make it useful.

MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said that his party has already given its input on the proposed national security policy six months ago but failed to understand the purpose of the announcement. He regretted that why the government was hiding the document, which actually should have been discussed at large by all the people of Pakistan. He said he was still confused about the policy. He asked counter questions about the implementation of the National Security Policy.

JUI-F spokesperson Jan Mohammad Achakzai flayed the government for keeping the document secret saying until and unless it was discussed by all the stakeholders, the proposed policy would be of no use.

ANP central leader Senator Zahid Khan said that he is not sure about the way the government intends to implement the National Security Policy. He said that unless the government engages Afghan government on countering scourge of terrorism from Pakistan, such policies would be benefit the country. He said his party has always supported policies, which are in the interest of Pakistan, adding that unless terrorism is eradicated from the country, the problem will not be resolved.

On the other hand, sources in the ruling PML-N said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would convene meeting of all the heads of the parliamentary parties to take them on the board so as to evolve national consensus on the strategy to tackle the challenges of terrorism and extremism.