PESHAWAR: Condemning the gruesome killing of 10 civilians in the Mach coalfield of Balochistan, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly called on the federal government on Monday to take meaningful action to combat the country’s latest surge of terrorism.
The joint resolution passed by the house also inflamed the police killing of a young person in Islamabad and expressed unity with the families of the victims of the two accidents.
Speaker Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani chaired the conference, which took place after a one-month pause.
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The resolution was jointly proposed by the Pakistan Peoples Party MPAs Nighat Orakzai and Ahmad Karim Kundi, who said the current wave of terrorism, especially the killing of the citizens of the Hazara community in the Mach district, had sparked unrest across the country and therefore the government should take serious measures to eliminate terrorism and bring the killers to justice.
Earlier, Sultan Mohammad Khan, Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, said reliable intelligence sources reported the role of international hands in the incident at Mach.
Members also call for ban on two-finger test of rape victims
He said enemies were plotting to split their people along sectarian and linguistic lines against the government.
Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal MPA Inayatullah Khan, via another resolution, requested the federal government to restore 3G and 4G Internet services in the far-flung areas of the province, especially the hard areas of the Upper Dir district.
The mover said that since the epidemic of coronavirus, universities and other educational institutions had began online courses.
He said that because of the unavailability of the Internet and 3G and 4G mobile Internet services, thousands of students belonging to tail-end districts of the province did not attend online classes.
Mr. Inayatullah found out that Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited did not offer connectivity to any of KP’s remote areas, while there was no 3G and 4G coverage offered by cell phone firms.
He said that, due to the shortage of cell phone coverage, thousands of expatriate Pakistanis residing in the Gulf countries could not communicate with their relatives.
“In remote areas of the province, the federal government should ask mobile phone companies to restore 3G and 4G service,” read the resolution.
Via another motion, the assembly mandated the provincial government to ban the ‘two-finger’ test of rape victims during their medical assessment immediately.
According to the resolution, globally certified and revised protocols in this regard should be followed by the government.
It said the two-finger test against the Constitution and human principles had already been proclaimed.
MPA Ahmad Kundi of the PPP also resented the recent assault on the shrine of a Hindu saint in the province’s Karak district and called it the fault of the administration.
He said Islam did not encourage religious minorities to target and kill warships and such attacks were against the teachings of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
Special assistant to the Chief Minister of Higher Education, Kamran Khan Bangash, told the house during question hour that the department concerned had intended to resolve the shortage of collegiate lecturers and professors.
He said 1,900 lecturers were being recruited throughout the province and posts were also approved by the finance department.
He told lawmakers that the seats reserved at universities and medical colleges in Punjab for students from combined tribal districts will be restored.
He said the government of the KP had contacted the government of Punjab for that reason.
MPA Mir Kalam Khan, speaking on a point of order, expressed concern at the detention of Pakhtun Tahafuz Movement activists and maintained that the people raising their voices for the rights of the former Fata residents were being arrested.
He said MNA Ali Wazir and other PTM activists were held after attending a ceremony marking the anniversary of the APS carnage. Dr Said Alam Mehsud was later taken into custody as well, he said.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amendment to Certain Fiscal Laws Bill, 2021, was presented in the house by the government.
Earlier, Speaker Mushtaq Ghani released a ruling correcting ANP MPA Khushdil Khan’s advocate’s point of order, who protested that the chair had no powers for an indefinite time to adjourn the sitting.
The delegate found out that the speaker had adjourned the latest sitting for a month, which was illegal and in defiance of the business laws of the house.
He pointed out that the governor had called the assembly, so the speaker had no right to postpone the sitting indefinitely.
Speaker Mushtaq Ghani ruled that, in matters relating to the business of the legislature, he was upholding the laws and the Constitution.
He said the argument of the mover’s order was meaningless. Also, the law minister backed the ruling of the speaker.