Sindh PML slams assassination attempt
KARACHI: The united Pakistan Muslim League observed Thanksgiving Day on Friday as President General Pervez Musharraf luckily survived the second attempt on his life on Thursday.
Sindh population welfare minister Imtiaz Shaikh hosted a ceremony to mark the day where prominent members of the PML spoke. They termed the suicide attack a deep-rooted conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the forthcoming SAARC Summit scheduled to begin in Islamabad on Jan 4 and tarnishing Pakistan’s enlightened image worldwide.
“By the blessing of God almighty, the President has surmounted all sorts of crisis. He kept his word by restoring democracy and now he has assured the nation of relinquishing the office of the Chief of Army Staff,” said Imtiaz Shaikh. He said the PML was united and ranks and files with the president. Shaikh Siraj, secretary of the PML organizing committee, said Thursday’s attack was tantamount to an attack on the country. “President Musharraf is different from former military leaders because he did not make himself martial law administrator,” he added.
Major Mustajab Hasan (r) expressed concern that two attacks within a fortnight on the president occurred in the limits of cantonment area. It was high time to thrash out all angles when analysing the situation with regard to security, he stressed. He urged there must be neither religious extremism nor “religious suffocation” and said Pakistan is an Islamic welfare state and nobody can deny this fact.
MPA Ali Bux alias Pappu Shah said the president was being targeted because he wanted to rectify the flaws in the system, which was a legacy of former rulers. “He wants to introduce enlightened moderation in the country and get rid of fanatics. In a unanimous resolution, they condemned the attack and shared condolence with the heirs of those 17 people who died in the attack. —Staff Report