Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has blamed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘misguided’ policies for the resurgence of terrorism in Pakistan, while reacting to separate attacks in two of Pakistan’s major cities this week.
“My heart is saddened to hear about the precious lives lost and the dozens injured in the Lahore blast. I strongly condemn the resurgence of terrorism in Pakistan, which is due to the the misguided policies of Imran Khan,” the former premier wrote in a tweet from London, also praying for a quick recovery of the injured.
The former Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader, who has been in London since 2019, referred to the deadly terrorist attacks this week in Lahore’s Anarkali Market and a police check-post in Islamabad. Additionally, terrorist and militant attacks increased by 56 per cent last year across the country.
In a similar statement, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz condemned the bombing and the prime minister’s response.
“Three died and dozens injured in a bomb blast in [Lahore] today and guess what @ImranKhanPTI is talking about in his propaganda cell meeting? Sharifs! What is next? Blaming the victims for the tragedy,” Maryam stated.
Opposition senators in the National Assembly have also requested Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed provide additional information on the recent terror attacks and respond to the seeming increase in terrorism-related incidents across the country.