ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday strongly condemned the massacre of innocent children in Peshawar, vowed to fight terrorists and stressed combine efforts to change extremist mindsets.
Taking part in the debate on killings of children in Army Public School, the Senators urged zero tolerance against those, who lift weapons in the name of religion against the state.
They assured Pakistan Army their unflinching support in fight against terrorism.
They urged the government to engage people, print, electronic media and seminaries for changing the mindset that lead to extremism.
They lauded Pakistan Army’s role for waging Jehad against terrorists. Opening the debate, Haji Adeel of Awami National Party (ANP) said 150 children and teachers were killed and 70 to 80 were injured in the worst terrorist attack of the history.
He criticized both Provincial and Federal Government and demanded strict security measures for ensuring peace in the country. He urged the interior ministry to maintain law and order situation in KPK.
He lauded the efforts of Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to fighting for the survival of the country.
He was of the view the operation ‘Zarb-e-Azab’ should have been initiated several years ago to avoid such losses.
Criticizing the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for its lackadaisical approach in handling the core issues being confronted by the people of the province, he said the party having mandate in KPK is not interested in resolving their issues.
He said that as a politician he was ashamed from the parents and scions of the children that they have failed to provide them secure environment.
Talking about seminaries, he said 95 percent seminaries are working under the ambit of the constitution while only five percent were defaming the Wafaq-ul-Madaris.
Hasil Bazinjo said Peshawar carnage is the result of wrong policies of the government of Gen Ziaul Haq.
He said Pakistan and Afghanistan should join hands to eliminate the menace of Taliban.
Politicians, people and others should come on same page for eliminating terrorism as without joint efforts such menace is difficult to eliminate.
Taking part in the debate Senator, Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri strongly condemned the incident of Peshawar and declared it as barbaric act.
He said that the whole nation is in deep shock and sorrow and those who were involved in the incident were not human beings.
He said that there is no example in the history like the incident of Peshawar.
Molana said that terrorism started in the country during past regime of dictators.
“Terrorism in the country increased in the era of General, Pervez Musharaf and now the whole nation and country is facing it,” he added.
He said: “We have to make strong policies for eliminating terrorism from the country and will have to implement on that policies”.
He said that terrorists have no relations with any religion and no any religious party supported their acts. He said that JUI-F extends its full support to the government for the elimination of terrorism.
Senator Tahir Hussain Mashddi, said that now the nation is united as the terrorists are killing our children.
He said that the whole nation demanded the terrorist should be hanged. “Incident of Peshawar was the failure of the federal and provincial governments as well as the failure of the law and enforcement agencies,” he added.
He said that there is no concept of bad or good Taliban and they should be handled with iron hands.
Tahir Mashaddi said there should be same syllabus of religious and other institutions across the country.
Taking part in the debate, Senator Farhatullah Babur strongly condemned the Peshawar tragic incident and paid tribute to army personal, who participated in the operation against the terrorists.
Taliban, he said, had attacked schools and army General Headquarters. They wanted to establish so-called “Khilafat” in the country.
He stressed that stern action should be taken against those, who did not condemn the terrorist activities in the country. Both the sympathizers and apologists of Taliban should now be exposed, he added. He said that Maulana Abdul Aziz must be driven out of Lal Masjid.
Dr Abdul Qayyum Soomro said terrorists were not faithful to religion and country. They had no nexus with Islam. The sacrifice of Army Public School students would not go in vain.
The school attack was aimed at dividing the nation but instead the countrymen got united to foil the nefarious designs of terrorists. There was a consensus among the nation to launch an acoross the board crackdown against terrorists, he added.
Senator Saleh Shah said held the provincial and school administrations responsible for the killings as they did not take appropriate security measures. He urged the government to increase security along the country’s borders.
Earlier, the House unanimously adopted a motion moved by Leader of Opposition Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan for suspending question hour and other business till December 26 for holding the debate on Peshawar killings.