ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution to strongly condemn the Quetta carnage, but some lawmakers came out with guns blazing against the working of the country’s intelligence agencies.

The resolution, moved by Law and Justice Minister Zahid Hamid, expressed the resolve to deal with the terrorists with iron hands.

The entire nation is aggrieved over the loss of precious lives, including that of Balochistan Bar President Bilal Anwar Kansi, in the cowardly incident.

The house, through a resolution, prayed for the early recovery of those injured in the carnage. “This house stands by the people of Balochistan, the lawyers’ community, law-enforcement agencies and the media in this hour of grief,” it added.

The lawmakers, continuing debate on the Quetta carnage for the second day, came up with different suggestions, including convening a joint session of the parliament, to frame a strategy to counter terrorism.

PkMAP chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai, taking part in the debate, suggested that a joint session of the parliament should be summoned to make a decision that the Quetta carnage was a conspiracy against the country and democracy.

“The prime minister should take it as a test case and intelligence organisations should be given a timeframe to trace and nab the perpetrators,” he said, adding the officers in civil and military organisations whose duty was to check terrorism should be sacked over their failure to trace the culprits. The intelligence should unmask the real culprits behind the Quetta tragedy as mere holding RAW or Mossad behind this carnage would not serve the purpose.

“Why did both of our Sharifs separately reach Quetta? What kind of message are we giving to the world?” he said, without mentioning the names of the army chief and the prime minister.

He said there was a need to conduct a debate on internal and external policies. “Only offering fateha will not prove fruitful. I will not participate in offering fateha only,” he said, stressing the need for practical steps.

“War against terrorism cannot be fought without people’s spirit as unity is imperative,” he said, sharing the 9/11 incident when only after five minutes of the attacks, the US authorities sealed the country and the terrorists were nabbed in a week.

“Quetta is a city of not more than 12 streets, but still even a single person was not traced,” he said and questioned when the country would stop the proxy war for other countries. He was of the view that this attack was aimed at undermining the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

Condemning the Quetta tragedy, Housing Minister Akram Durrani said this carnage should be considered an attack on the country.

The minister said the Balochistan CM and the army chief had issued two important statements in which they said the attack was against the CPEC project. “There is a need to unmask the culprits. People are with us to support the CPEC project,” he added. He criticised a media channel for declaring Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Asma Jahangir and Mehmood Achakzai as traitors. “Who empowered this media channel to declare any person a traitor?” he asked, adding the government was taking concrete measures against terrorism.

PPP’s Abdul Sattar Bachani, on his turn, said there was a need to get united to defeat terrorists in the country. Bachani criticised Interior Minister Ch Nisar for not attending the sitting of the National Assembly and share details about the Quetta carnage.

The PPP MNA termed the Quetta tragedy a security lapse. “The government should end sense of deprivation of the small provinces,” he added.

Maulana Ameer Zaman of JUI-F, on his turn, said there was a need to call a high-level meeting to discuss the matter in length. “There is a need to speak truth to resolve the issues of the country, but it is uneasy to speak truth,” he said, adding the governor’s rule ought to be imposed in such a situation.

Independent MNA Jamshed Dasti said resolutions of the parliament should be implemented in letter and spirit. He demanded resignations of the Balochistan CM and the prime minister on this incident.

PTI lawmaker Amjad Ali Khan called for implementing National Action Plan (NAP) in letter and spirit.

Mian Abdul Manan of PML-N underlined the need for devising a joint strategy to curb the menace of terrorism form the country.

Talking a to reporters outside the parliament house, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman pointed finger towards the country’s intelligence agencies and said they are duty-bound to stem the incursions of RAW—India’s main secret service, reported a private TV channel.

He said, “It is evident that our agencies are supposed to fend off the designs of India’s spy agency.” He also indicated, “We get ourselves free from all burden of responsibility after putting the blame on RAW.”

In the house, MNA Fouzia Hameed blamed rats in the Parliament Lodges for her late arrival in the house. “I had to manage the things in my apartment as a large number of rats are in the lodges,” she said, before speaking on the issue. She strongly condemned the Quetta tragedy.