Senate offered fateha for departed soul of JUI (S) Chief

Islamabad, November 06 (Online): Minister of State for Communication Murad Saeed stated that protest is the constitutional right of everybody but those who under the garb of agitation inflicted damage to the property and life of the people will be taken to task as per the law. 

Addressing the senate session, he said we did not exercise the option of force against the agitators as all the parties including the PML (N) and the PPP insisted that they did not want repeat of Model Town and Lal Masjid like incidents.
Responding to the points of the opposition on the economic situation, the Minister of State said that the previous governments are responsible for the current mess. He said the previous governments destroyed all the institutions including PIA, Pakistan Railways and WAPDA. He said today the circular debt has soared to twelve hundred billion rupees. Murad Saeed said that institutions are independent today and corrupt elements will go behind the bars.
On the Saudi Economic Package, the Minister of State said Saudi Arabia has always supported Pakistan in difficult times. He said relations with Saudi Arabia and China have further improved under the current democratic set up. He said China Pakistan Economic Corridor project will be made a successful model and its timely completion will be ensured.
Earlier, senate members offered fateha for the departed soul of JUI (S) Chief Maulana Samiul Haq who was assassinated on Friday last. Senate unanimously passed a resolution expressing grief and sorrow over the assassination of prominent religious scholar and former Senator Maulana Samiul Haq.
The resolution was moved by Leader of the House Shibli Faraz. The resolution paid tributes to political and religious services of Maulana Samiul Haq saying his services will always be remembered.  The resolution also commiserated with the bereaved family.
Initiating the debate, Sherry Rehman of PPP said her party fully supported the government in dealing with the situation that emerged in the wake of Supreme Court’s judgment in Aasiya Bibi case.  She said we did not do politics on the issue. She regretted the language used by the agitators against judiciary and Pakistan Army. Sherry Rehman said it is generous of Saudi government for coming to the economic rescue of Pakistan. She, however, said the government should have taken the parliament into confidence on the Saudi package.
Maulana Ghafoor Haideri of JUI (F) said the Muslims cannot make any compromise on the honor and sanctity of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He said this is the reason that a strong reaction was seen on the judgment of the Supreme Court.  He said we are not against the minorities but also believe in protecting their rights. Tahir Bizenjo said that action should be taken against those who challenged the writ of the state. He said curbing extremism is vital to take the country forward on the path of peace and stability.
Asad Ali Junejo criticized the economic policy of the government saying it has resulted into price hike. He said the government should take the opposition parties on board in matters pertaining to economy and foreign policy.
Maulana Attaur Rehman of JUI (F) strongly condemned the assassination of JUI (S) Chief Maulana Samiul Haq and demanded the government to immediately probe into his murder. He said providing security to all the national level leaders is responsibility of the government. Bahramand Khan Tangi of PPP said collective efforts are required to steer the country out of current economic and other challenges.