ISLAMABAD: Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq clarified on Friday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the former army chief were misquoted in a statement of PTI chief Imran Khan regarding success of the military operation against militants.
“Imran Khan misquoted the prime minsiter and the chief of army staff while stating that there were 40% chances of success,” Haq said. The Upper House of Parliament was informed on Friday that the government had initiated “Jihadi Project’ against Russian invasion in Afghanistan and gathered miscreants from across the world in name of jihad. But now, the Pathans have become victims of this menace on both sides of the Durand Line, said ANP’s Senator Afrasiayab Khattak on a point of order.
He said the government itself created the Taliban, who are now wrecking havoc both in Pakistan and Afghanistan. “Innocent people were killed across the country, especially in Peshawar, but such is the apathy of the government that neither the interior minister nor the prime minister bothered to visit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.” He warned if the situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa does not improve, then “Balochistan-like sentiments” are likely to born in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Meanwhile, Raja Zafarul Haq clarified that Prime Minister Nawaz and former army chief were misquoted by Imran Khan over a military operation against the militants. “I have got the required information and reached the conclusion that the statement of Imran Khan is not based on reality and is totally baseless. The PTI chief could not understand what the former army chief had said,” he added. Haq said that on the demand of Imran Khan in the all-parties conference (APC), his meeting was arranged with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, minister of interior and former army chief.
In the meeting, he said, the former army chief told Imran Khan if an operation is launched by the government against militants then 40 percent terrorism activities could be controlled immediately. Haq said the former army chief had also stated that the government should fully utilise the option of dialogue with militant groups.
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