Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif has expressed his concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the country’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to the minister, the provincial government is responsible for growing terror activities in the region.
Blaming local authorities for negligence of the law and order situation in the region, the minister said that the local government has failed in stopping these terror activities.
The Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader’s statement came on the same day as a group of armed men opened fire at a school van, killing the driver and injuring a child.
“The former Prime Minister (Imran Khan) had taken shelter in KP and he is using the resources of the KP government. The whole government is just focusing on getting power for its leader,” said Khawaja Asif in an interview with ARY News. He alleged that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief is misusing the resources of the province for the sake of his political gain.
The minister further urged that the National Assembly needs a comprehensive discussion over the deteriorating situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to reports, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) took responsibility for the attack on the school van yesterday. The incident took place in Swat valley’s CharBagh area, the day after the 10th anniversary of Malala Yousafzai’s shooting. The activist, who was shot in her head by the Pakistani Taliban over her campaign for girls’ education, in 2012, had arrived in Pakistan to see the flood victims.
Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which shares its border with Afghanistan to the West, is witnessing protests against the recent terror attacks in the region.
Urging the Shehbaz Sharif government to take decisive action against the terror activities in the province, thousands of the people took part in the protests against the local government’s negligence.
Last week, the Pakistan government had issued an alert to authorities of all the provinces to enhance vigilance as peace talks between the government and the TTP stalled.
It’s been more than a year since the Government of Pakistan is in touch with the terrorist group and has held several meetings to stop violence in the country, but in vain.