ISLAMABAD: Opposition in the Upper House of parliament on Monday demanded the resignations of Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan and adviser to the prime minister on civil aviation over the Karachi airport attack.
It also suggested a full-fledge militarily operation against militants across the country, including south Punjab. The combined opposition senators said the attack had severe repercussions both internally and externally and termed it a failure of the federal, provincial governments and law enforcement agencies. The opposition noted that red alerts had already been issued about an expected attack in Karachi, however no appropriate measures were taken to prevent it.
It said that it is not an attack on the government of Pakistan rather on the state of Pakistan. After mentioning the previous attacks on strategic locations, leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq told the House that the government was being held responsible even for those terrorist incidents that took place during the last regime’s tenure. “Who had resigned then?” he questioned while responding to the demand of resignation of Nisar Ali Khan and the PM’s adviser.
The Upper House set aside the budget debate and discussed the Karachi airport attack. ANP’s Senator Haji Mohammad Adeel said the airport incident reminded the nation of Mehran Airbase attack, Kamra Airbase attack and GHQ attack. “The government is spending billions of rupees on the law enforcement agencies, but they have totally failed to protect the people,” he opined. Adeel said the people of the country are being killed on sectarian basis, and remarked that the Kashmiris will never choose to become part of Pakistan if such situation persisted.
Coming down hard on the interior minister Senator Main Raza Rabbani questioned why the minister was silent after the Karachi airport incident, saying that he went to Karachi only after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed him. He said the interior minister should accept his responsibility and resign. “There is no reason that the interior minister should occupy this position after this incident, and special assistant to PM on aviation must also resign after accepting responsibility of the incident,” demanded Rabbani.
Mentioning Sunday’s terrorist attacks, including the one in Taftan as well as the North Waziristan Agency, and killing of people in Dera Bugti, he remarked that the seriousness of the government could be seen from the fact that not even a single minister was present in the Senate. “Where is the interior minister?” he asked while noting that the interior minister has not issued any statement on the incident.”
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