ISLAMABAD: Members of the Senate on Monday strongly condemned the dismissal of the elected government this day (October 12) in 1999.
Speaking on a motion regarding existing political situation in the country, moved by Mohammad Usman Kakar, they said the country suffered immensely in different fields during the dictatorial regime.
The members emphasized that all institutions should work within the parameters set by the law and the constitution. They also called for formulation of a national agenda that takes care of concerns of all federating units so that the country moves at on the path of progress and prosperity.
Some of the members expressed concern over excessive election expenditure and demanded more powers for the Election Commission. Those who spoke on the motion included Saeed Ghani, Azam Swati, Sardar Azam Khan Musakhel, Ch. Tanvir Khan, Salahuddin Tirmizi, Shahi Syed, Nihal Hashmi and Mushahidullah Khan.
Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasnat told the House that in all ninety seven Pakistanis lost their lives in the Mina tragedy. Two injured are presently in the hospital and thirty pilgrims still missing.
He said the foreign office is in contact with Saudi government for sending to the Holy Land of family members and heirs of those who have martyred in Mina tragedy.
He said a special flight would be sent to the Saudi Arabia as soon as a green signal is received from Saudi Arabia. He said the government has already announced assistance of five hundred thousand rupees for heirs of each martyrs and two hundred thousand each for injured.
The Chairman asked the Minister for Religious Affairs to brief the House on Mina incident today (Tuesday). Responding to a motion moved by Sehar Kamran, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Aftab Ahmed Sheikh said National Counter-terrorism Authority will be activated on war footing in view of prevailing security situation in the country.