Minhajul Quran International chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has demanded Quetta be handed over to the Pakistan Army, arguing that the law permits it.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore, he said that the Constitution provides room for the Pakistan Army to take over control of Quetta. He said the government had completely failed to protect its citizens and he announced that his organisation’s political wing, the Pakistan Awami Tehreek, would participate in all sit-ins against Saturday’s attack across the county.
Qadri regretted that Pakistan had become a ‘visa-free’ state for terrorists. He said that countless safe havens existed for terrorists in the country and that some political parties were reaping political benefits from terrorism.
He claimed that in the last four years the cases of 3,200 arrested terrorists were pending in court. He said that the courts had also released 1,200 terrorists, while 1,800 were in the custody of the police.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 20th, 2013.
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