Increase font size Decrease font size Reset font size

Govt asked to expose perpetrators of recent attacks

By Amir Wasim 2014-02-11
ISLAMABAD: The opposition asked the government on Monday to let the house know about its response to the demands put forward by the banned Tehreek-iTaliban Pakistan and said the government must identify the forces behind the recent terrorist attacks if Taliban were not involved in them.

Taking part in the debate on the security situation in the Senate, PPP`s Rehman Malik said: `The government, the opposition and the whole nation want dialogue.

Then who wants to sabotage it?` It was for the first time that the Jamiat Ulema-iIslam-F not only categorically disassociated itself from the Taliban`s philosophy, but also `condemned` it on the floor of the house.

`Whatever is the Taliban`s stance, we have condemned it in the past and we condemn it even today. Most of the ulema in Pakistan alsodo not agree with their thinking,` said JUI-F`s Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri.

`Sharia is (already) part of the Constitution,` he said, adding: `No one has the right to say that he does not accept the Constitution.

But, he said, the Constitution was not being fully implemented and the Council of Islamic Ideology was not being allowed to play its constitutional role regarding legislation.

He said the issue of terrorism could not be resolved through the use of force.

The parliamentary leader of PPP, Raza Rabbani, said talks were being held between those representing the right and the extreme right and no representation had been given to the leftist, liberal and democratic forces of the country.

He called for a joint incamera session of the parliament on peace dialogue.

Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq assured the members that talks with Taliban would be held within the parameters of the Constitution Earlier, Senate Chairman Nayyar Bokhari referred two private bills the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 and the Privatisation Commission (Amendment) Bill 2014 to the standing committees concerned.