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Criticism of interior ministry based on one incident unfair: information minister

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said it is “unfair” to dub the interior ministry a failure on the whole based only on the Quetta hospital attack of August 8.

She was responding to the report of an inquiry commission under the Supreme Court slamming government inaction against militants in wake of the Quetta carnage during a talk show on Geo TV.

“It is impossible that in such a short period a government creates a policy, implements it and then also sees the results of it… and we are [already] seeing the results. But to negate the performance of a whole department based on one incident is unfair to the institution.”

She said the areas needing improvement will be fixed “with time”, adding that the ministry is aware that there are gaps in the system.

“The institution [interior ministry] has worked day and night to bring the PM’s vision to life, it kept all provincial governments on board.”

Saying Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will personally look into the report and come up with a response, the minister said: “Reports such as this one are an opportunity to learn… they add value to the matters.”

On August 8, a suicide bomber targeted the emergency services ward at Quetta’s Civil Hospital, killing at least 74 people and leaving scores injured.

The proscribed Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) had claimed responsibility for the bombing which occurred at the gates of the building housing the emergency ward.

A report of a judicial commission, comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court, on the massacre criticised the interior minister for allegedly having ties with the heads of some banned groups.

It also called for banning terrorist organisations without any delay by enforcing the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) in letter and spirit.

courtesy : dawn news

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