Imran demands military operation against terrorists in Punjab


LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has demanded a military operation against terrorists in Punjab.


Talking to media outside Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital, where Imran arrived to inquire after victims of the Sunday’s blast, he said: “It is high time for the government to implement the National Action Plan and develop a consensus to go after terrorists in whichever province they are seeking refuge.”

The PTI chief said government had failed to provide security to the masses and that it must revisit its priorities. “Instead of spending billions of rupees on train projects, the rulers need to set their priorities right as there could be no investment without security.”

Further, Imran suggested that the police in every province should be depoliticised on an immediate basis to counter such attacks. “If we keep using the police for making personal and political gains it won’t work out,” he said.

“There should not be political-based hiring in the police and similarly the transfers and postings should not be done on political references,” he added.

Regarding his visit to the hospital, Imran said he curtailed it due to a large number of people present inside the hospital. “People are seriously injured and I didn’t go any further in the ward because there are a lot of people here and it will create difficulties for the patients,” he said.

Earlier, Imran slammed the attack and said: “It is strictly against the teachings of our Holy Prophet (pbuh) and basic principles of Islam.”