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MQM senator files adjournment motion on Quetta attack report

ISLAMABAD: Mutta­hi­da Qaumi Movement (MQM) Senator retired Col Tahir Hussain Mashhadi has submitted an adjournment motion in the Senate Secretariat to suspend the proceedings of the upper house and start a debate on the report of an inquiry commission on the Aug 8 attack on a Quetta hospital.

The senator has also criticised the “inaction against terrorist organisations” and suggested that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan accept responsibility and resign as the re­­port had exposed “the latter’s ineffectiveness and his links with banned outfits”.

A suicide bomber, after the assassination of a lawyer, hit the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital, Quet­­ta. At least 70 lawyers and other people were killed in the attack which was clai­m­­ed by a splinter group of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.

The Supreme Court formed a judicial commission headed by Justice Qazi Faez Isa which worked for 56 days and released its report on Thursday. The re­­port, comprising 110 pages, recommended strict action against terrorists and ban­ned groups in Balochistan. It also recommended implementation of the Anti-Ter­rorism Act, besides early payment of compensation to the heirs of the victims.

Senator Mashhadi told Dawn that the report exp­osed the inefficiency of the intelligence agencies, law enforcement agencies and other departments because warning had been issued about a possible attack.

“Moreover, it has been revealed that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has a soft corner for banned outfits as he did not even bother to ban the organisation which claimed responsibility for the attack,” he said. He said that although the minister, at the start of the government’s tenure, claimed that he would resign if he failed to address the matter, time had proved that it wasn’t among his priorities.

“The National Counter Terrorism Authority could not be activated due to which it has failed to play any role in countering terrorism. The National Action Plan (NAP) was made to counter terrorism but it has been turned into a non-action plan. Even seminaries could not be registered,” Senator Mashhadi said.

courtesy : dawn news

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