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Opp calls bomb attack ‘grave security failure’

Opp calls bomb attack  ‘grave security failure’
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ISLAMABAD: The government was on Monday severely criticised over the attack at Islamabad district courts, with opposition parties lambasting it for the “grave security failure” in the heart of the federal capital. However, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan snubbed the opposition, saying political point-scoring on this issue would be great injustice to the government. He asserted that terrorists cannot break the determination of the government to eliminate the menace of terrorism. The House put aside the “order of the day” on the demand of the opposition to debate the latest act of terrorism in Islamabad. The opposition questioned the security apparatus of the federal capital. An outspoken Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed stated that parliament building would certainly be attacked, saying he had solid information about it. He demanded that security of parliament should be handed over to Rangers in view of police’s incapability to handle terrorist threats. About the attack, Nisar told the House that seven persons have been picked up and the government is working on three possibilities– whether the TTP carried out the attack, whether it is the work of forces opposed to dialogue, and third international connection. The minister pointed out that the district courts were a soft target and protecting them from all sides is not an easy task. Nisar noted that security forces showed unprecedented courage in the face of the terrorist attack, but they are not well-trained. He hinted that more sacrifices will have to be rendered before the menace of terrorism is completely eradicated. Opposition leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah deplored the terrorist attack occurred, noting that there were reports of threats to the capital before the attack. But interior minister brushed aside reports in this regard and declared Islamabad a safe city. Shah called the attack a heinous act and termed it sheer failure of the government and intelligence who, he said, failed to pre-empt it. About the talks with militants, Shah said all political parties were behind the government in this regard.

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