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A view of the Khyber Paktunkhwa Assembly.—File Photo
A view of the Khyber Paktunkhwa Assembly.—File Photo

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf openly came forward to justify acts of terrorism in provincial assembly on Monday when one of its ministers instead of condemning the suicide attack by militants in Peshawar tried to rationalise it.

“Mr Speaker, suppose if drone hits the residence of an MPA in this House then what will be his reaction,” said Shah Farman, minister for public health and engineering, while taking the floor on a point of order in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

ANP parliamentary leader Sardar Hussain Babak reacted strongly to the minister’s statement and said that the provincial government conveyed to the people that Pakhtuns would die unless federal government formed a policy against terrorism and halted drone strikes. He said that people had been demoralised owing to the defensive policy of PTI.

He said that federal and provincial governments were playing blame game. He said that previous government was accused of killing Pakhtuns for the sake of dollars, but the present government did not decline financial assistance from western countries.

“Provincial government at least can stop USAID from running the provincial assembly website and ask it to wind up development projects if it can’t force it to halt drone attacks,” Mr Babak said.

He said that militants had resurfaced in Peshawar, Swat and other areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and people were kidnapped for ransom. He said that there was general perception that Taliban were governing the province which might not be wrong.

Shah Farman, who had served PTI as secretary information, argued that people should know details of women, children and other innocent civilians killed in drone strikes during the past few years.

He said that foreign affairs and defence were federal subjects and PTI would not violate the Constitution. He said that it was responsibility of central government to engage Taliban in negotiation to end militancy.

The minister said that provincial government could not halt drone strikes and instead of criticising the government, the opposition should ascertain causes of militancy.

He said that the country was indulged in war 10 years ago to earn dollars and people were used as mercenaries. He opposed deployment of army in Fata and said that the country should pull itself out from the US-led war against terrorism as soon as possible.The minister remarks came in the House when Pakistan People’s Party MPA Nighat Yasmin Orakzai on a point of order condemned car bomb and suicide attacks in Peshawar and Quetta on Sunday that killed over 50 people and wounded more than 100.

Deputy Speaker Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi was presiding over the proceeding. Ms Orakzai suggested that the House should pass unanimous resolution against the barbarism committed by militants. She asked the government to adopt aggressive policy to stop massacre of innocent people.

She said that except Punjab, people of other three provinces were at the mercy of terrorists. She said that provincial government instead of waiting for federal government to frame policy on terrorism should take concrete steps against militancy in the province. She staged walkout when the treasury members booed.

Opposition parties in the assembly seem divided over militancy. Awami National Party and Pakistan People’s Party are openly condemning militancy while Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F and Pakistan Muslim League-N have different approach and do not attack militants openly.

Senior Minister Sikandar Khan Sherpao said that federal government could not absolve itself from its responsibility. He warned that militancy could spell over to other parts of the country. He said that government had inherited militancy and opposition should not blame it for its flawed policies.

Later, treasury benches brought a resolution against US drone strikes but opposition disagreed with its content. The content of the resolution tabled by the government was that federal government should stop drone attacks, because it was violation of territorial jurisdiction as well as international law.

The treasury had also included the name of JUI-F MPA Mufti Said Janan without his consent. Mufti said that he was tabling resolution in which supply for Nato forces via Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should be linked with cessation of drone strikes. After protest, it was decided that a joint resolution would be tabled in consultation with opposition on Tuesday.

Comments (16) Closed

bangash Jul 02, 2013 05:40am

PTI is scaring me now.

NASAH (USA) Jul 02, 2013 06:23am

"Shah Farman, who had served PTI as secretary information, argued that people should know details of women, children and other innocent civilians killed in drone strikes during the past few years."

Shah Farman, may argue that people should know details of women, children and other innocent civilians killed by TERRORISTS STRIKES during the past few months in Quetta and Peshawar.

umar Jul 02, 2013 11:31am

PTI's response to terrorism is very shameful. If the logic of PTI is accepted, then it means that the relatives of people killed in the blasts are also justified to kill other innocent people. Shame on your non-sense response. Go to hell with drones.

Yusaf Jul 02, 2013 01:04pm

Resolution against drone which killed wali-ur-rehman, however resolution is far out, not even condemnation of incidents of terrorism..... wow

Khan Gul Jul 02, 2013 01:09pm

If I were an MPA I would have been banned and disbarred from the assembly for smashing this guy's face.

Shoukat Khan Jul 02, 2013 01:57pm

PTI and its alies will never save Pakhtoons from these terrorists attacks.. Pakhtuns must protect themselves by their own.. according to the constitution, state is responsible for the security of their people..failing this means that State have no right to rule their people any more.. Pakhtuns should take weapons and protect their childeren and future...

Yusaf Jul 02, 2013 02:11pm

Resolution over drone which killed wali-ur-rehaman, however resolution is fae out, not even condemnation of terrorist incidents in kpk

Tahir Alam Jul 02, 2013 03:04pm

If I remember it correctly, Gen. Musharraf said, while addressing the UN general assembly, that the World must understand that the terrorism cannot be eradicated by force only; we must eliminate the root cause.

If we look at the root cause of the terrorism in the country by the Taliban then we come to know that it all started when USA attacked Afghanistan and Pakistan aided it. Currently, it is fueled by drone strikes. Unless these two causes are eliminated our security agencies will not be able to counter terrorism successfully. They have failed so far and they will never succeed until the root causes are eliminated. We have seen that Musharaf and PPP-ANP governments were unable to eliminate the terrorism in the past.

Lakhkar Khan, Pekhawar dhe khkulo khar Jul 02, 2013 06:18pm

Good for you, Sardar Hussain Babak. Here is a man with some courage. On the other hand, the good old PTI, Jamiat Ulema and Muslim League.

First, Taliban Khan never lived in the 200KM radius of KPK, the the mullahs have no business in government, PTI is out if touch with the reality of terrorism in KPK and Muslim League is the safest party from Punjab.

The only coalition, under the leadership of ANP ever stood up to terrorism was railroaded. Damn, the people of KPK are doomed.

Khan Jul 02, 2013 06:57pm

IK had not plans, however he had good slogans. I have accepted him as cricket team captin but not as country leader. There are many reason......please ponder and you will get there.

Dr Khan Jul 02, 2013 08:18pm

@Khan Gul: And I would vote for you to make you an MPA again.

Adeel Jul 02, 2013 10:09pm

@Tahir Alam: I struggle to understand when people make this argument. US takes over Afghanistan, hence terrorism erupted in Pakistan. While I agree, the attacks on Pakistani security forces may be a direct result of terrorists backlash for Pakistan's support of the US war in Afghanistan/drone strikes, but how is the Taliban attacking women, banning women education, and them attacking Ahamdis, Sufis, Shias etc. a result of US presence in Afghanistan. The attack on women and minorities is their ideology/extremist mindset at work, it has nothing to do with the US. Even after the US are gone, they will continue to attack women and minorities. Instead of our leaders making excuses and blaming the US, they need to step up and give protection to the citizens that pay their salaries and vote for them.

Raza Jul 03, 2013 12:56am

Shah Farman,

Did the people of KP elect you or the TTP follower? I am confused which side you are supporting!!

NASAH (USA) Jul 03, 2013 06:47am

@Tahir Alam: Musharraf might as well have said Terrorism from Pakistan cannot be uprooted unless Pakistan becomes a Clergistan..

bangash Jul 03, 2013 07:36am

@Tahir Alam: Root cause of terrorism is the ideology of Taliban and associated terrorist groups, their love for power and money. America is just an excuse.

asif ashraf Jul 03, 2013 07:49am

every thana with patwaris should take stock of the households living in the jurisdiction of the thana.on war footing..this is not difficult as it seems..this will help control terrorism and other crimes.this should be supervised by competent civil and police officers.If the waiting games on this society will be devastated