KARACHI - The Sindh Assembly Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution urging the PML-N to ‘dissociate’ it from and discontinue ‘support’ to banned terrorist organisations, in a move seen by observers as a thoughtless reaction to PML-N’s electoral alliance with PML-F and NPP.

The resolution moved by the ruling PPP’s MPA Imran Zafar Leghari was supported by MQM lawmakers but no lawmaker from PML-N’s newfound allies, Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and National Peoples Party (NPP), was present in the house to oppose this move.

Through the resolution, the assembly strongly condemned the dastardly acts of terrorism in Shikarpur and Jacobabad terming these a continuation of the violence against the Hazara community in Balochistan. The resolution ‘appealed’ to the PML-N, the second majority party in the national parliament, to dissociate discontinue overt and covert support to terrorist organisations perpetrating heinous crimes.

Imran Leghari in his speech said that “we have lost our party leadership and Punjab Governor (Slamaan Taseer) in the war against terrorism, besides the parliamentarians of the MQM and leaders of ANP who were also hit by banned terrorist organisations”.

Without mentioning the name of the PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, he alleged that those who made efforts to become ‘Amirul Momineen’ in 1997 are covertly patronising the terrorists even today in Punjab.

He urged Interior Minister Rehman Malik to ‘unveil the hidden contacts’ of the PML-N leadership with the banned terrorist organisations. He also asked the Chief Justice of Pakistan and Election Commission of Pakistan to cancel the registration of such political parties as were covertly or overtly supporting the terrorist organisations.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said that despite being second largest party of the country, the PML-N was still supporting the terrorist organisations which accepted responsibility of the carrying out the terrorism act in Quetta agaisnt Hazara community. He alleged that it was an ‘open secret’ that Osama Bin Laden had provided money to Nawaz Sharif to purchase the loyalty of parliamentarians for no-trust move against the then PPP Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Sharjeel said that after bomb blasts in the Punjab province, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had appealed the Taliban to spare his province ‘because his party also supported the ideology for which Taliban are fighting in the country’. He also alleged that PML-N was patronising the terrorists to launch suicidal attacks on the election meetings of its opposition parties to spoil their election campaign.

Another PPP MPA Ms Humera Alwani in her speech alleged that Punjab government was providing funds to its puppets who are involved in the terrorism and running terrorist training camps in the province. She appealed the people of Sindh to not vote for PML-F, NPP and other nationalist groups who have allied with the PML-N, which she said was also openly supporting the controversial Kalabagh Dam.

On Tuesday, PML-N, PML-F and NPP had announced to contest next elections jointly against ruling PPP and MQM in Sindh, while JI also agreed with the PML-N to cooperate during polls in Karachi. Nawaz Sharif said they will expand this alliance to rid Sindh of its present rulers.

This significant inroad of PML-N into the home turf of PPP and MQM was deeply resented by both and observers believe this resolution is a hapless effort of PPP to keep its grip on the province. And MQM duly helped the ruling party in it, but such efforts are unlikely to help much.