Airbase attack: ‘Maybe a reaction to restoration of NATO supplies’

Concerned Citizens say attack on Kamra airbase, killings of 22 people headed for Gilgit govt’s failures.

Our Correspondent August 17, 2012


“The Kamra airbase attack could be a reaction to the restoration of NATO supplies and the operation planned in North Waziristan,” Jamaat-i-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan said on Friday.

He was addressing a programme held to mark the (Ramazan 27) Independence Day at Mansoora. Urging the government to review its decisions and to refrain from a military operation in North Waziristan, the JI chief said it would increase terrorist activities in the region. He condemned the Kamra airbase attack and said that it was the worst terrorism incident after the attack on the GHQ and the Mehran Air base. “I advise the government to pull out of this war immediately in the larger interest of the country and the nation,” he said. Hasan said that Pakistan’s support for the US in the war had ruined the country.

CCP condemns airbase attack, killings in Naran

The Concerned Citizens of Pakistan has condemned the incidents of killing of 22 people enroute to Giligit and the attack on the Pakistan Air Force base in Kamra.

In a statement released on Friday, the CCP termed the two incidents signs of the government’s failure to secure the life and property of the citizens.

The CCP urged the parliament to legislate appropriate amendments to the Anti Terrorism Act to punish those responsible for incidents of terrorism.

It said perpetrators of such incidents should be arrested and penalised to make an example for others.

It said such incidents could be prevented if the government diverted some of the resources from security of the politicians and the bureaucrats to that of national assets and citizens.

The CCP expressed shock over the government’s failure to provide security for buses considering killings of people headed for Gilgit in similar attacks in the past.

As many as 22 passengers were shot and killed by unidentified assailants who stopped these buses near Naran on Thursday.

The CCP lamented that security at the airbase in Kamra was not beefed up despite intelligence reports about the possibility of such an attack.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2012.

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