Senate observes 1 minute silence to pay respect to late leader of Venezuela

Islamabad: The Senate on Monday observed one minute silence to pay respects to deceased leader of Venezuela Hugo Chavez.

Meanwhile, Speaking on a point of order, Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi expressed sorrow and grief over the Badami Bagh, Lahore incident in which properties of Christian community were attacked and ransacked.

He said constitution of Pakistan guarantees equal rights of all citizens of Pakistan, irrespective of their religion, caste, creed and affiliations. He questioned the performance of police and other law enforcing agencies during this tragedy.

Tahir Hussain Mashhadi and other members of MQM held a token walkout from the House in protest over the incident.

Mohsin Leghari presented an adjournment motion in the House to discuss the Badami Bagh incident. He said this incident has made every Pakistan feel embarrassed and brought disrepute to Pakistan in the comity of nations. He said Islam teaches the attitude of tolerance towards non-Muslims.

Saeed Ghani said unfortunately the country is in the grip of violence and killings on the name of religion, language and sectarianism. He demanded to punish those who misuse the blasphemy law for their vested interests and personal vendettas.