PESHAWAR: Leaders of different politico-religious parties have expressed severe concerns over a deadly terrorist attack at Peshawar Agriculture Training Institute (PTI) and raised questions about the tall claims of the high-ups regarding the ongoing military actions against terrorists in tribal areas.
Former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) information minister and Awami National Party Central Secretary General Mian Iftikhar Hussain showed resentment over failure of law enforcement and secret agencies to foil such attempts before their occurrence.
“Unless discriminatory policies regarding military action against terrorists are not given up, no one can get rid of this menace,” Mian Iftikhar remarked recalling that “the government had evolved the National Action Plan (NAP) in December 2014”. He added that unfortunately, no one in the government went for implementation of NAP, which according to him could help in the eradication of terror and militancy as well.
KP Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) President Engineer Humayun Khan also urged the government to revisit its internal and external policies in the light of growing threats of terror. The PPP leader said that the ongoing terror was a part of the proxy war being waged by a few big powers in the region.
He also urged the government to realise its responsibilities for pulling the country and people out of this game.
KP PPP Women Wing President Nighat Yasmeen Aurakzai questioned how it was possible for the security forces to eradicate terrorism from its roots when the KP government and PTI Chairman Imran Khan were paying millions of rupees to Maulana Samiul Haq.
Leaders of different religious parties like Jamaat Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) and Milli Muslim League (MML) have also condemned the act and held Indian and Afghanistan secret agencies responsible for it.
JI leader Amir Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, along with Secretary-General Abdul Wase, visited the hospitals and enquired about the health of injured persons. JI chief Sirajul Haq, JUI-F leader Maulana Gul Nasib Khan and MML leader Haji Liaqat Ali Khan also condemned the deadly act of terrorism and urged the government to take steps to secure lives and properties of people.
In a related development, high-level meetings took place for discussing ways for combating the latest trend of violence. KP Inspector General of Police Salahuddin Mehsud chaired a meeting on Saturday which discussed stock of proposals and made several decisions in this regard.
KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jaghra also chaired the apex committee meeting which was also attended by Peshawar corps commander and KP chief minister.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal had also visited Peshawar earlier and enquired about health of injured at the hospital. Both KP governor and the interior minister also chaired a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation in the province and Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA) as well.