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May 4, 2006

‘Nishtar Park tragedy a conspiracy against Islam’

 
May 4, 2006

KARACHI: The Nishtar Park incident, which took several lives on the birthday of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), was termed a conspiracy against Islam, and total failure of the provincial government.

The occurrence was all the more deplorable as it took place on an occasion as sacred and solemn as the Eid Milad-un-Nabi.

These views were expressed by the Chairman, Supreme Council, Markazi Jamaat, Ahle Sunnat Pakistan (JASP), and member Legislative Assembly, Azad Kashmir, Pir Atiqur Rahman Faizpuri, at a press conference at the office of Markazi Jamat Ahle Sunnah, Karachi, on Wednesday.

He termed the April 11 incident an international conspiracy against Islam and a bid to eliminate Muslims from the world. He demanded that the Sindh governor and home minister immediately step down for their failure in nabbing the terrorists.

He also demanded that President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz personally intervene in the matter and set up an independent inquiry commission to unmask the true culprits responsible for perpetrating the ghastly act.

He said that JASP had been a law-abiding and peace-loving party and since the creation of Pakistan it wanted to maintain peace and harmony at every religious festival, he said. He lambasted the government for its tall claims of good governance which, he said, had proved hollow.

He demanded exposure of the terrorists behind this tragedy and also threatened to launch a protest movement if the culprits were not arrested promptly. He demanded that Rs1.5 million be paid to each family of the victims and Rs1 million to the injured as compensation.