ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Thursday began debate on internal security situation and price hike in the country. Initiating the debate, leader of the opposition Kamil Ali Agha expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation. He said people are feeling insecure as security agencies have failed to control street crimes, dacoities and kidnappings for ransom.
Referring to the price hike, he regretted that the government could not take any solid step to control price hike. Mr. Kamil Ali Agha said it is astonishing that despite a sharp decline in oil prices in the international market its prices have been raised manifold in the country. He also criticized increase in Hajj charges this year.
Other members taking part in the debate said despite claims of devising a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism, situation in border areas and even settled areas of Swat and Hangu has gone out of control. They criticized the government for its inability to control prices of essential commodities especially wheat flour. They also criticized the government for sharp increase in oil and gas and LPG prices.
Members from the treasury benches contended that the previous government is responsible for the price hike as it did nothing to improve the national economy. They said it was the previous government that handed over six hundred Pakistanis including Dr. Aafia Siddiqui to the United States and promoted Talibanization in the Tribal Areas, which resulted in deterioration in overall law and order situation. Those who took part in the debate include Muhammad Ilyas Bilour, Nisar A. Memon and Dr. Khalid Mehmood Soomro. -SANA