Leader of Opposition in Senate Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan said that the Quetta terror attack was a complete intelligence failure.
He was talking to Pakistan Today’s Editor Arif Nizami in his Channel 24 program, DNA on Tuesday.
“All the responsibility lies with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan under the National Action Plan (NAP),” he said. According to Aitzaz, the buck stops at the interior minister as he is responsible for internal security of the country. Aitzaz said that NAP is not being implemented as banned outfits are free to enter the federal capital and hate speech is also rampant.
Veteran journalist Arif Nizami said in his analysis that our interior minister and secretary interior do not even talk to each other while the country is passing through a crucial juncture. “I wonder how the security affairs of the country are being run,” Nizami said.
According to Aitzaz, there are 26 intelligence agencies in Pakistan as claimed by the interior minister but the occurrence of such incidents are a big question mark on the functioning of these agencies. “A strong coordination among the intelligence agencies is required to avoid such incidents in the future,” he said.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri said in the program that Balochistan is situated in the conflict zone and that the interests of foreign intelligence agencies are also high in the area because of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “We have arrested an Indian officer who was involved in the attack but further details cannot be revealed to the media,” he said.
Zehri denied that there was a security lapse in Civil Hospital Quetta as the police officials were also injured in the incident who were already deployed for the security of hospital.