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PAKISTAN CHRONICLE • Friday, March 07, 2014

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‘39 militant outfits operating in KP’

KARACHI: Youth celebrate the victory of Pakistan cricket team against India during Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

Govt slammed for not presenting security policy in Senate ISLAMABAD: The opposition as well as members of the ruling coalition criticised the government on Monday for not presenting the national security policy before the Senate, which was placed before the National Assembly last week. Speaking on points of order after suspension of the normal business of the house due to the terrorist attack on Islamabad district courts, the members also vented their anger over the continued absence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from the Senate. They alleged that the government was ignoring the upper house which represented the federation. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q regretted that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan presented the much-awaited national security policy in the National Assembly five days ago, but the document had not been shared with senators yet. The PML-Q senator, who heads the Senate Standing Committee on Defence, said the interi-

or minister had assured him that the policy document would be shared with all lawmakers, but so far the members of the Senate had not been provided its copies. Urging the prime minister and the interior minister to end their boycott of the house, he asked the government to show some commitment and protect the life and property of people. He warned that the present security situation could not only destabilise the PML-N government, it could also be detrimental to the democratic set-up, since people wanted peace in the country at all costs. Despite sitting on treasury benches, Hafiz Hamdullah of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) also lashed out at the government for keeping some part of the national security policy secret. The JUI-F senator said the minister while presenting the national security policy in the National Assembly had announced that the first part of the policy was secret.

PAKISTAN CHRONICLE • Friday, March 07, 2014

PESHAWAR: Parliamentary party leaders of the treasury and opposition benches in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly put their heads together in a closed-door meeting here Monday and discussed prevailing security situation in the province. Sources said senior officials briefed parliamentary party leaders about the law and order situation and said 39 militant outfits were operating in the province, while 20 other groups functioning in the garb of Pakistani Taliban were involved in extortion, kidnapping for ransom and other criminal activities. Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, opposition leader Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, Qaumi Watan Party’s Sikandar Khan Sherpao, Jamaat-i-Islami’s Sirajul Haq, Awami Jamhoori Ittehad Pakistan’s Shahram Khan Tarakai, Awami National Party’s Sardar Hussain Babak, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl’s Maulana Lutfur Rehman and Pakistan People’s Party’s Mohammad Ali Shah Bacha attended the session, which lasted more than three hours. Inspector General of Police Nasir Durrani and home and tribal affairs secretary Akhtar Ali Shah briefed political leadership about the provincial government’s counter terrorism strategy. It is learned that the officials disclosed 39 militant groups were operating in the province, while 20 more criminals groups carrying out extortion, targeted killings and other high profile crimes in the name of Taliban also had their presence there.The officials told parliamentary leaders that the counter terrorism force was being established in the province, which would be equipped with high-tech equipment and weapons.

According to them, 30 detection dogs have been purchased for police but their handlers have yet to be hired. The meeting was informed that the federal government did not take the provincial government into confidence about peace talks with the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Sources said parliamentary leaders of the opposition parties asked the government to share with them report on the inquiry into the DI Khan jailbreak. The militants had attacked the jail in July 2013 freeing over 2,050 prisoners, including 30 suspected militants. The government had constituted a highlevel committee to investigate the incident. However, the inquiry report has yet to be made public.The next meeting of the parliamentary party leaders will take place on March 7 wherein the opposition is to give suggestions to the government on how to improve security situation. DELAY IN ASSEMBLY SESSION: The assembly session began three hours late due to the meeting of the parliamentary leaders. The provincial government’s ‘education emergency’ came under fire in the House with the opposition alleging that Pakistan Tehreeki-Insaf and its allies had diverted from manifesto. QWP member Ms Meraj Hamayun Khan said under the education emergency plan, the government had set the target of enrolling 2.5 million children in primary schools in the province. She, however, said only 200,000 children had been enrolled so far, while 2.3 million children were still out of school.

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