Counter-terrorism flaws need to be removed: SharifBy ANI
Saturday, June 5, 2010
LAHORE - Emphasizing that terrorists have neither religion nor state, former Pakistan Prime Minister and chief of the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N), Nawaz Sharif, on Saturday said flaws in conter-terrorism strategy needed to be removed to be effective.
Giving his views days after Shia suicide bombers attacked two mosques in the city and killed over 80 minority Sunni worshippers, Sharif said: “Terrorists have neither religion nor state. Nation and institutions are united in war against terrorism.”
He further said that the Ahmedis were also citizens of Pakistan.
Sharif’s views on the attack came a day after people of the Ahmedi sect expressed dismay over the Punjab government’s lackadaisical steps to protect marginalized sections of the society.
Amazingly, the provincial authorities were reported to be busy facilitating the demands of the terror mongers.
According to reports, one of the injured terrorists was allowed to use his cell phone in the hospital and the authorities even arranged a meeting between him and his family members.
The Ahmedis have severely criticised the provincial government for failing to act tough against the militants who were nabbed after murdering innocent people.
“Several terrorist attacks have been seen in the past, but none of the terrorists were treated so lovingly… none were allowed to communicate with their fellows, who then attempt to free him and manage to safely escape… God knows what they had wanted to achieve and the worst part is that they are still at large,” The Daily Times quoted Munawar Ali Shahid, a spokesman for the Ahmedi sect, as saying.
“The only option that an Ahmedi has is either to leave the country or be killed at the hands of a terrorist,” Shahid added. (ANI)