Defeating terrorist mindset part of NAP, but not being implemented: Kaira

Px23-034 LAHORE: Jan23 - PPP Leader Qamar Zaman Kaira speaks during a press conference at Lahore Press Club. ONLINE PHOTO by Malik Sajjad
  • PPP leader asks interior minister to come out of hibernation on Bacha Khan University attack

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Central Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Saturday that defeating the extremist mindset was part of the National Action Plan (NAP), but deplored that failure to initiate steps for its implementation was a matter of grave concern.

Addressing a press conference here, the former information minister said that the restoration of peace was not possible until complete elimination of the elements who wanted to impose their narrative through ruthless use of power and arms.

Kaira said that the terrorist attack on Charsadda’s Bacha Khan University had raised questions over the performance of the incumbent government in implementation of the NAP in letter and spirit.

He said although the entire nation, armed forces and law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) were engaged in the ongoing war on terror, the failure to root out terrorist and extremist mindset was a matter of grave concern. “It seems as if the government has lost its writ,” he added.

Kaira also criticised Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan for his role of a ‘silent spectator’ over the Charsadda attack, and asked him to come out of ‘hibernation’.

He also pointed to the raids on the offices of banned organisations and arrest of their leaders and members on India’s demand. He also criticised the government for free and unchecked movement of the heads of defunct organisations within the country.

Kaira also demanded action against the Lal Masjid administration, alleging that it was still struggling to impose its agenda.

Commenting over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, Kaira said the project would benefit China more than Pakistan or any other regional country. He also claimed that the CPEC, TAPI and LNG projects were initiated by the PPP during its last tenure, but the incumbent government was taking the credit of it which was highly condemnable. He however said that the PPP would support the government in every project launched in the interest of the country and the people of Pakistan.