ISLAMABAD: The political parties in the National Assembly assured the government of their full support against terrorism terming it an issue of national integrity, stability and unity.
Speaking in the House, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Shah Mehmood Qureshi said terrorism was a sensitive issue and nobody should be allowed to make point scoring on it.
He said a wrong message was disseminated from the blame game on Karachi airport terror attack. The federal and provincial governments and national institutions should be on the same page.
The country’s integrity and stability with protection to the lives of civilians was the common objective of all political parties and the government should take into confidence for tackling the issue, he added.
He also expressed sorrow over the death of seven cargo workers at the Karachi airport, who were stranded in a facility next to the hall where fire broke out during the attack.
He also criticized the “criminal obliviousness” of the authorities concerned, who could not manage to save the lives of innocent people.
Syed Naveed Qamar of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said instead of blame game, the federal and Sindh governments should increase their level of coordination, so that a strong message could be conveyed to the enemy.
He asked the government to brief the House about the inquiry into the Karachi airport incident. “If any foreign element is found involved in this incident, it should be made public,” he added.
Rashid Godel of Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said that the MQM leadership had repeatedly warned that Taliban were getting strengthened in Karachi.
While resuming discussion on the budget, Danial Aziz of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz said the government had to initiate a new programme of $6.6 billion with International Monetary Fund (IMF) for repaying instalments of $5 billion of loans taken by the last PPP government.
He said that the previous government enjoyed three IMF programmes during its tenure. The first programme was of $7 billion, the second of $11 billion and the third of $490 million. Even then the PPP government defaulted on the IMF programme, he added.
He said the international monetary institutions were satisfied with the progress of current government.
Regarding the privatization of state owned enterprises, he said all the 31 institutions, which had been included in the list of privatization, were burden on the national economy.
Highlighting the progress on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country, he said the FDI during current fiscal year had witnessed 133% increase as compared to the last year.
Elaborating upon the government’s progress to contain inflation, he said during the year 2013-14, it was contained within projected figures.