ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties in the Senate on Wednesday demanded a clarification from the government on Imran Khan’s statement attributed to the Prime Minister about outcome of the military operation in troubled areas of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
The matter was raised to the House on a point of order by Senator Raza Rabbani who drew attention of the House towards a statement of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chief Imran Khan that operation in FATA will not be fully successful.
Imran Khan in a TV programme had stated that during a meeting the Prime Minister had quoted the former Army Chief as saying that there are 40 percent chances of success of an operation in FATA.
The parliamentarians took a serious note of the statement of Imran Khan and demanded from the government to clarify it either through the Prime Minister himself or any of the Cabinet members.
However, Raza Rabbani from PPPP, Afrasiab Khattak from ANP and Babar Ghauri from MQM had emphasized that the Prime Minister should himself come to the House and brief on the ongoing situation as well as respond to the statement of Imran Khan.
Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq in response to points raised by the opposition expressed pain and shock over the statement of Imran Khan and said, it needed probe that what was the context and background of the statement.
“We need to probe the authenticity of the statement and its background. We also need to know if any such consultation was held and what was its propriety,” he said.
Zafarul Haq however commented that issuing such a statement at this juncture when efforts were on for holding dialogue and bring normalcy, was not suitable.
“Any reaction on this situation can only be given after clarifying the whole matter,” he added.
But, the opposition member Raza Rabbani insisted that the Prime Minister should come to House that made Chairman Senate Nayyer Hussain Bokhari to intervene and advise the opposition to give some time to treasury benches for clarification and present their view point.
However, Mr Rabbani said, such a response should be time bound as the matter was serious and cast aspersions on the capacity and capability of the Armed Forces.
On this, the Leader of the House informed that Prime Minister is going abroad and assured that he will probe the matter and inform the House.
Commenting on the matter, PML-N Senator Chaudhry Jaffer Iqbal said, Imran Khan should also be held accountable for issuing such statements at a time when the situation was too sensitive.
He said there had also been reports that a third party could sabotage the dialogue process and was Imran Khan playing the role of a third party and reinforce Taliban.