Sindh lawmakers demand Army take over Quetta

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 12:00:25 by

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly passed a unanimous resolution requesting the Sindh government to approach the federal government for the arrest of those involved in the barbaric act of terrorism in Quetta. 

The joint resolution was moved by MQM deputy parliamentary leader Faisal Sabzwari, PPP MPA Mujadid Isran and PML-F leader Marvi Rashdi.

During the debate some MPAs demanded Quetta be placed under control of the armed forces.

“Why are you opposing the army’s deployment and have made it a self esteem issue?”  PML-F leader Jam Madad Ali said.

“The civilian government has lost its writ in the province as innocent people are being killed. We demand control of the city be given to the armed forces for a while till the situation returns to normal,” he added.

Deputy speaker Shehla Raza, who belongs to the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said that victims of the incidents have not demanded the deployment of the army, but are asking for targeted action against culprits with the help of armed forces.

Another PPP MPA Imdad Pitafi while criticising the role of intelligence agencies and armed forces said that the government spent huge national capital on them, but they have totally failed to secure the lives of citizens.

“It is the prime responsibility of intelligence agencies to prevent such incidents, but they are getting incentives and doing nothing,” he said.

On the other hand, MPAs of the PPP and MQM called it a ‘conspiracy’ against the democratic government and said that national, local and international hands are behind the incidents to defame Pakistan and destabilise its economy.

“Why does the government always pledge to take steps after the massacre of innocents? Nothing tangible will come out of suspending some police personnel and removing the IG. We demand armed forces take action. No harm will come from our forces being temporarily deployed over there,” Nuzhat Pathan of PML-Q added.

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