KARACHI: Former information minister Muhammad Ali Durrani alleged on Tuesday that India was planning surgical strikes in Pakistan to disrupt the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
Holding a press conference at Days Inn Hotel under the banner of Nazria Pakisan Council (NPC), Durrani said that India was involved in the recent deadly bomb blasts across the country, including the Sehwan shrine attack.
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"Indian spy agencies are involved in these attacks and they have been using third party players by fueling finances to create unrest," he claimed, criticising the Pakistani government for being tight-lipped on the matter.
"The attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine in Sehwan was inhuman. Only condemnation of it doesn't suffice," he said, deploring that the government didn't unveil Indian hands behind this carnage.
India has openly said that they will conduct surgical strikes in Pakistan, he said, but the government still has not implicated the neighbouring country in any of the recent incidents.
"The government's silence on this should be deemed a criminal act," he said, adding that it was the government's responsibility to raise a voice against these terrorist attacks by India.
He demanded the government should summon the Indian envoy and lodged a protest. "The armed forces are laying their lives while protecting the borders and the government is still silent."
He lashed out at the government for putting Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed under house arrest. "If the Panama Leaks issue can be dealt in court, then why can't the Hafiz Saeed issue?" he questioned.
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Durrani said that he and his companions will go to every nook and corner of the country and raise their voice against Indian terrorism. "We are starting our struggle [from today]," he said.
He was flanked by NPC chairperson Muhammad Yaqoob Shaikh and Gadi Nasheen Khawaja Moinuddin, Mehboob Kurija during the presser..
Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd, 2017.