Ex-servicemen ask govt to refrain from blame game, take solid steps against terrorism

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Association (PESA) has called upon the government to give up typical statements condemning terrorism or finding foreign agency (RAW) behind the heinous act of terrorism in Monday’s suicide blast at Civil Hospital Quetta. The government should instead nab the culprits without fail and give them exemplary punishment.
“The association feels that such acts reflect upon inefficiency of police and civilian intelligence agencies that are primarily responsible for internal security,” says a statement issued here Wednesday. These organizations have failed to perform their responsibilities under the much-hyped National Action Plan, further says the handout.
According to the PESA, these organizations have been totally politicized. Senior officers are rotated form their jobs at whims of the rulers and shoulder promotions have become common for officers of the rank of DSP and below without due merit. Under such circumstances, no organization can plan and deliver its best. These forces have, therefore, failed to bust even the home grown terrorist organizations like Jamaat Alahrar and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Their disappointing performance has forced the Army Chief to order combing operation in the entire country.
Members of Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Association (PESA) are deeply shocked and grieved at the bombing attack in Quetta that left 70 shaheed and over 100 seriously injured. May the Almighty Allah bless their souls and grant strength to their families to bear their loss, the statement said.
At this hour of grief, PESA once again stands by our lawyer’s community, with whom we had struggled for democracy during their movement for restoration of judiciary. Nation is looking up to them to provide dynamic leadership that pulls Pakistan out from the present turmoil.
The statement goes out to say: “Our government routinely blames RAW and other foreign agencies for such crimes but has not come out in the open with evidence. On the other hand, India does not waste a day to come out with stories of Pakistan’s involvement even in minor incidents. Our Foreign Office needs to be more active and effective in telling the truth to the world and win friends. It is time for a Foreign Minister and other special envoys to travel round the world and explain our case personally. Merely reading out a note or giving letters to ambassadors is not enough.”

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