President Dr Arif Alvi has summoned a joint session of the Parliament on February 8, as lawmakers asked for holding the crucial talk amid the deadly bombing in Peshawar that claimed 100 lives.
“The president has called the joint sitting of the parliament at 3pm on Feb 8 (Wednesday) under Articles 48(1) and 54(1) of the Constitution,” according to an official announcement issued by the presidency.
The government would also take up crucial bills on the occasion, including the ICT LG (Amendment) Bill, 2022, reports suggest.
On Monday, senators termed it necessary to summon the session in view of rise in terror incidents, inflation and the recent wheat flour crisis.
They especially called for addressing the problem of terrorism and finding out a way to deal with the issue.
The senators also spoke about the increase in prices of petroleum product and the worrying situation of the economy.
Some 100 people were martyred, and many others are injured as a suicide bomber exploded himself in a mosque situated near Peshawar’s Police Lines.
According to sources, the suicide attacker was present in the front row during Zohr prayers when he exploded himself, injuring dozens of faithful. The injured are being treated at the Lady Reading Hospital of Peshawar.
Speaking to media, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor Haji Ghulam Ali said that most of the casualties were police personnel.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that target of the suicide bomber was police officials. He also said that actions were being taken at every level against the terrorists, to achieve the results.
He further said that the attack cannot be termed a security failure, adding that police are fighting against terrorism with full commitment.
The fresh resurgence of terrorism has the national leaders worried, with calls from all quarters to gain an immediate footing against the terrorists and their facilitators.
According to Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto, implementation of NAP is the only solution to get rid of terrorism. He urged the Pakistan People’s Party workers to donate blood to save the lives of injured.
Former prime minister Imran Khan asked the authorities concerned to improve the intelligence gathering and equip police forces to combat terrorism.