ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Wednesday registered a protest against the recent US drone attack, terming it aviolation of the country’s sovereignty and a mockery of unanimous resolution of joint sitting of parliament.
The parliamentarians belonging to the PML-N and JUI-F staged separate walkouts from the house to protest against the non-implementation of the recommendations of Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) on drone attacks.
Speaking on a point of order, Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri of the JUI-F said that the government was not taking any action to implement the unanimous resolution of parliament against drone attacks.
Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security, said that the drone attacks were a clear cut violation of the international laws and the UN Charter. He said Pakistan treated drone attacks as a clear violation of its territorial sovereignty. He said such attacks would not be tolerated at any cost.
Mian Raza Rabbani said US was paying a lip service on showing respect to Pakistan on new terms of engagement. He said US had not honoured the decision of parliament and the will of the people of Pakistan. Rabbani said the government would ensure implementation of the decisions of parliament regarding the drone attacks.
He said the Foreign Office would brief the PCNS next week about the implementation of the resolution of parliament on drone attacks and its meeting with US envoy Marc Grossman.
Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh laid before the Senate the Second Quarterly Report for the year 2011-12 of the Central Board of Directors of State Bank of Pakistan on the state of Pakistan’s economy.
Minister for Law Farooq H Naek presented before the house an authenticated copy of the address of the president of Pakistan before both houses on the March 17 this year. The PML-N members also boycotted the question hour while sticking to their stand that the federal cabinet also did not exist following conviction of Prime Minister Gilani.
The Senate also passed a unanimous resolution condemning the recent act of desecration of Holy Quran by pastor Terry Jones in the US and called upon the UN secretary general to work out plans for promoting cultural and religious harmony. Senate chairman suspended the Rules of Business allowing PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar to move the resolution.
The resolution observed that the religious intolerance was increasing across national boundaries and geographical divides and cautioned against making exceptions and selectivity in condemning one set of intolerance and tolerating another.
“The Senate of Pakistan condemns in the strongest possible terms the blasphemous act of a US pastor Terry Jones in desecrating the Holy Quran,” the resolution said.The house also noted with grave concern that religious intolerance was fast eroding across national boundaries and religious divides, that this disharmony was increasing and it seemed to corroborate the ominous theory of a clash of civilizations.
The resolution says the house believes that values of tolerance and harmony cannot be fragmented and compartmentalized into Islamic or Christian etc.This house was also cautions against making exceptions and selectivity in such cases as it will shake faith in the universal norms of the UN Charter.
The house further believes that it was time to save the UN Charter and in this context calls upon the secretary general of the UN to play his role.The Senate called upon the United Nations to work out special plans for promoting cultural and religious harmony so that sanity and rationality were not completely destroyed.