PPP Demands Joint Sitting Of Parliament To Discuss “Deteriorating” Security Situation

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

20th Jul, 2021. 12:20 pm
PPP Demands Joint Sitting Of Parliament To Discuss "Deteriorating" Security Situation

PPP Demands Joint Sitting Of Parliament To Discuss “Deteriorating” Security Situation

Senator Raza Rabbani of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) described the internal security situation in the country as “deteriorating” and called for an in-camera joint sitting of parliament and the formation of a parliamentary committee on national security.

According to the report, the PPP senator in a statement called for a national consensus to address internal security issues, which could be faced in the context of the regional situation and the complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Suggested a way to grow.

Raza Rabbani demanded that officials from the Ministries of Defense, Interior and External Affairs give a comprehensive briefing to parliamentarians before discussing the security situation.

In light of the debates and briefings in parliament and consultations with all stakeholders, including military officials, he said the new parliamentary committee on national security should then draft a consensus strategy.

He said the strategy would then have to be submitted to parliament for approval.

Raza Rabbani, who had earlier chaired a similar parliamentary committee on national security, said the strategy should be read in the light of the terms of an agreement passed by a joint sitting of parliament on April 12, 2009.

Military officials, including Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, on July 1 called on parliamentary leaders of all parties in the National Assembly and Senate and the PCNS to discuss the emerging regional situation. A comprehensive briefing was given to the members.

However, members of parliament from political parties, including the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), have been calling for a joint sitting, saying senior party members are not benefited by mere briefings.

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser is currently chairing the PCNS, which includes members from all parties.

Raza Rabbani lamented that the internal security situation continued to deteriorate as more than 150 acts of terrorism had taken place in the past two months, especially in the former tribal areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

“As the situation in Afghanistan unfolds, extremism will increase, sleeper sales will be restored, and the situation will become clearer with the cooperation of RAW and other agencies,” she warned. Events such as the abduction of K and the subsequent return of the Kabul ambassador will put pressure on Pakistan.

The PPP senator said that if issues like the influx of Afghan refugees came up, the issue could not be dealt with only through a fence on the border, a comprehensive plan would be needed domestically and internationally.

He said that on the other hand, the role of the United States in the region would not end with their withdrawal as the United States would like to have a presence in the region through proxies or agreements with countries in the region to facilitate its surgical strike.

Raza Rabbani said that the incident of terrorism in Dasu was condemned but it showed a new dimension to the complex situation facing Pakistan.

He said the purpose of the event was to discuss the Pak-China Economic Corridor (C-PAC) and the strategic relationship between Pakistan and China.

“Challenges like this and others are already knocking on our door. We need to adopt a national and common approach,” he said.

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