The Senate held discussion on terrorism in the aftermath of Peshawar incident.

Opening the discussion, leader of the Opposition in the Senate Ch. Aitzaz Ahsan suggested the government to convene joint session of the Parliament to discuss counter-terrorism strategy.

He urged the Prime Minister to take the nation into confidence in fighting against terrorism.

Aitzaz Ahsan said Ulema and Madaris should also be asked to play their vital role in this regard.

He said that PPP has presented about twenty four proposals to the Parliamentary Committee on counter-terrorism. He said there is a need to bring Madaris into a coordinated system and their syllabus should be amended according to the present day needs.

Aitzaz Ahsan said Pakistan should sign a peace and cooperation treaty with Afghanistan to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the region.  

Taking part in the debate Minister for Textile Industry Abbas Khan Afridi urged the need for special legislation to award exemplary punishment to the culprits involved in terrorist activities. He said elimination of terrorism should be the top most priority of the government. He said tribal people should be taken into confidence in this regard.

Senator Shahi Syed said that we should show unity in our ranks to win the war on terror.                                                      

Senator Abdul Rauf said we should take decisive measures to weed out terrorism. He stressed the need for change in foreign policy and strengthening of the relations with neighbours. He demanded immediate action against terrorists hideout, blocking of arms supplies to militants, registration of Madaris and formation of a joint intelligence sharing system.

Senator Saeed ul Hassan Mandokhel said short and long term policies should be framed to evolved the scourge of terrorism.

Senator Nasreen Jalil said registration and auditing of funds of Madaris should be carried out. She said foreign funding to the Madaris should be scrutinized.

Minister for SAFRON Abdul Qadir Baloch on behalf of Finance Minister laid before the House the Annual Report for the year 2013-14 of the Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of Pakistan on the state of the Economy.

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