Centre awakes to militancy in Swat

Centre offers to help KP govt 8Imran holds federal govt responsible for ‘alarming’ Swat situation

The federal government on Wednesday decided to support the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in curbing terrorist activities.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan chaired a meeting of the Steering Committee on Law and Order, held to discuss the security situation. On this occasion, the committee members including MNA Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, MNA Khalid Magsi, MNA Mohsin Dawar, Adviser to Prime Minister Amir Muqam, former KP governor Shaukat Ali Khan, and former senator Muhammad Saleh Shah were present.

Despite the invitation, committee members from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Ali Muhammad Khan and Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif did not participate in the meeting.

During the meeting, views were exchanged on the various proposals to completely control terrorist activities. The steering committee also expressed concerns over attacks in KP, particularly in Swat, and expressed solidarity with the people of the province.

It was decided that the federal government would support the KP government in curbing terrorist activities.

It also stressed upon the KP government to ensure peace in the province rather than playing petty politics. The committee expressed concerns that extremism and terrorism were increasing in the province, while its government was planning to stage a sit-in against the federal government.

Taking to Twitter, Sanaullah opined, “It’s quite unfortunate that the PTI members of the committee didn’t participate in the meeting despite the invitation. It was unanimously decided to support provincial government in curbing terrorist activities”.

“The KP government must ensure peace in the province rather than playing petty politics in the name of a long march against the federal government,” added the interior minister.

On the other hand, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said that the ongoing “alarming” situation in Swat was a matter of concern for the federal government and that the PTI-led provincial government had been alerting the federal government in this regard for a long time.

The former premier’s remarks came during a media talk at the Islamabad High Court (IHC), where a journalist said that the situation in Swat was bad and that the KP chief minister had not visited the area so far.

On the other hand, KP Standing Committee for Minerals Chairman Azizullah Khan said the provincial government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mahmood Khan was committed to maintaining peace in Swat.

Talking to the media, he said that the CM was very sincere to establish peaceful atmosphere in the entire province, especially in Swat, adding that those who were carrying out rallies were not sincere with the masses.

He criticised the ANP for holding party flags and wearing party caps during a protest for peace in Swat and said that they came for political scourge rather than sympathising with the people.

Azizullah said the local leadership of the PTI also participated in the protests while holding white flags instead of party flags, adding that PTI’s assembly members and ministers were present in their constituencies and were working sincerely to resolve the issues of the masses.

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