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ISLAMABAD, Aug 8 (APP): The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad on Monday evening with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair.
At the outset of the proceedings, the House offered Fateha for the departed souls of those martyred in Quetta blast.
Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman informed the House that 69 people were martyred and 108 injured in the Quetta suicide attack in the latest report.
The House started discussion on the Quetta blast.
Initiating the debate, Syed Naveed Qamar said we should forcefully pursue the terrorists, irrespective of their nationality, religion and ethnicity.
He said terrorists deserve no leniency as they are killing innocent people. He said the Opposition will fully support the government in fighting terrorism.
Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch expressed grief and sorrow over the incident and said that entire nation should join forces to eliminate terrorism from the country. He urged religious scholars and political forces to get united to reject extremist mindset.
Dr Shireen Mazari said National Action Plan should be fully implemented to curb terrorism. She said intelligence and security should be improved.
Sahibzada Tariqullah said solid steps should be taken to make the people of Pakistan secure.
He said India is behind terrorism in Pakistan which should be highlighted at all international fora, including the United Nations and human rights organizations.
Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani said international forces are trying to destabilize Islamic countries, especially Pakistan. He said we should be cautious of international conspiracies.
Ghulam Ahmad Bilour said cordial relations with neighboring countries are pre-requisite to counter terrorism. He said better relations with Afghanistan, India and Iran are vital to maintain peace in the region.
Ayaz Soomro said extremism and terrorism can only be eliminated through unity among the nation. He urged federal and provincial law enforcement agencies to improve coordination to check terrorism.
The House was adjourned to meet again tomorrow morning.
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