ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly (NA) Syed Khursheed Shah on Tuesday said that the country was in the grip of Talibanisation, and that it was time to take a decision.
Speaking in the National Assembly and talking to newsmen after visiting the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) here, Khursheed Shah said the terrorist attack in Islamabad had exposed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s false claim that the capital was a safe city.
He remarked that foreign missions in Islamabad were deliberating on shifting to other places as the federal capital was not safe. “On the one hand, the interior minister claimed thatIslamabad was a safe city and on the other, the terrorist incident in heart of the city exposed the performance of security apparatus of the Interior Ministry,” he said.
Besides visiting PIMS, the opposition leader also visited Pakistan Bar Council and residence of Advocate Fizza Malik, one of the victims in the terrorist incident at F-8 Katcheri.Khursheed Shah termed it strange that the interior minister was telling the nation that government would ask the Taliban to pinpoint the terrorist organisation involved in the incident while he told the NA that Pakistan had 27 intelligence agencies. The opposition leader said the prime minister was avoiding visit to Parliament and was not taking the nation into confidence. “If the government takes concrete measures, the opposition would support the government in its efforts against terrorism,” he said.
Agencies add: Meanwhile, speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah said there were inadequate security arrangements at the Islamabad district courts, which enabled the terrorists to kill innocent people on Monday. He questioned how did eight terrorists make it to the district courts, killing and injuring people for 40 minutes without any resistance. No personnel from the police station situated adjacent to the venue, turned up to counter the terrorists, he added.
Khursheed also criticised the district administration for not deploying well-equipped security personnel on the court premises.He urged the government to decide its future strategy to deal with the menace of terrorism.