Senators condemn killing of Haroon Bilour in Peshawar suicide attack

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Haroon Bilour

ISLAMABAD: The senators have strongly condemned the killing of Haroon Bilour and other ANP workers in a suicide attack in Peshawar.
Taking part in debate on Tuesday suicide attack, the senators also expressed concern over the chief justice of Pakistan’s order regarding withdrawal of security from politicians.
Saadia Abbasi, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Sherry Rehman, Mulla Bux Chandio, Pervez Rashid, Behramand Tangi and others strongly condemned the killing of the ANP leader and said that the caretaker government and the state institutions failed to provide security to the politicians.
They termed the attack as conspiracy to sabotage the elections. They called for showing unity and said that elections should not be delayed at any cost.  They said that the ANP and Bilour family was repeatedly targeted by the terrorists.
Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani directed interior minister to submit the reportof the suicide blast by Thursday, directed four chief secretaries to submit a report of security arrangements of election rallies as well as politicians.
The senators lauded the valour, courage and patience of ANP leadership despite repeated martyrdom of their leadership. They sympathized with the ANP.They urged Election Commission of Pakistan to ensureprovision of level playing field to all political parties especially Awami National Party (ANP) leadership for free, fair and transparent election.Senators in their speeches paid tributes to Bilour family for offering unmatched sacrifices for the country.They urged the caretaker government to ensure the security of candidates. Investigate the suicide blast and punish the facilitators. They urged making long term policies to get rid of terrorism permanently. They stressed promoting culture of merit in bureaucracy so that right people could be deployed at right places.Despite threat alert issued by National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), why ANP was not provided complete security, they said adding that peoples mandate should be honoured. Security taken back from various politicians should immediately be restored without any discrimination.They urged government to ensure protecting political leaders facing security threats. Inspector General Khyber and Home Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should be questioned what action wastaken to protect vulnerable politicians despite security threats.They urged candidates to properly inform the focal person especially localpolice about their rallies programme. Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq said some terrorists still exists and they should be taken care of.
Caretaker interior minsiter Azam Khan informed Senate that the interior secretary informed him about the incident. He said that a meeting was also held at the prime minister house in this regard. He said that apex committee meeting has been summoned in Peshawar which would be attended by prime minister, corps commander and others. The meeting would discuss the situation after the Peshawar. He strongly condemned the suicide attack.
The house also passed a resolution and condemned the suicide attack and express solidarity and sympathies with the ANP and Bilour family.
Earlier, Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani in a statement said that terrorist and extremist mind set is out to sabotage development and democratic process, however, democratic forces have to forge unity in their ranks to give a befitting response to those who intend to achieve their nefarious designs by creating a situation of panic and disorder in the society.
While condemning the Yakatoot bomb blast, he said the incident has taken place at a crucial juncture of the history when Pakistan is fast moving towards elections and all the political parties are campaigning and engaging with the people to get their representatives elected which is the hallmark of a democratic process, a press release said.
However, he called upon all to act in unity and root out those who want to hijack the system for their own vested interests.
The Chairman Senate expressed solidarity with families who have lost their near and dear ones in the blast. He also eulogized the sacrifices of Bilour family for upholding democratic rights. He condemned the blast in strongest words and prayed to Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant fortitude to the bereaved ones to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.
He also acknowledged the services of late Haroon Bilour for social uplift of the underprivileged and downtrodden communities in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Senate chairman called upon the concerned quarters to conduct an independent inquiry into the incident and take strict action against those involved in crime against humanity.
The Senate deputy chairman Senator Saleem Mandviwalla, Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Muhammad Zafar ul Haq, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Sherry Rehman and parliamentary leaders, in their separate condolence messages have also condemned the brutal attack and expressed their solidarity with the bereaved families.

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