Posted by: Rehan Today | April 10, 2010

Walk-out staged in Senate over renaming NWFP

ISLAMABAD: The wave of violence that has emerged within the Hazara division on the renaming of the NWFP as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, echoed on the floor of the Senate on Friday.

ANP assured the house that no discrimination would occur on the basis of race or language in the province.

Senator Afrasiyab Khattak of ANP told the upper house that provincial government was trying to stop the violence in the Hazara division. He said no arrests had been made as it was the democratic right of the people to protest.

Senator Talha Mehmood said that a name should be suggested for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa which should be acceptable to all as the new name has given rise to a separatist movement in the Hazara division.

Senator Saleem Saifullah staged a walk-out in the senate over the renaming of NWFP, while the opposition members walked out over the issue of load shedding. Mir Hassan Bijenjo said that load shedding was affecting the farmers adversely in Balochistan.

The Sacked Employees Reinstatement Ordinance 2010 was also tabled before the Senate.

The Senate is due to meet again on Monday at 5 pm.

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