Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari slammed the country’s Interior Minister for having a photo session with the Taliban hours after a deadly attack on Quetta police academy.
Speaking to reporters after visiting the injured police cadets, Bilawal said the minister met with the Taliban and had a photo session with them less than 48 hours after the Quetta attack.
“Instead of seeing the Taliban behind bars, the good Taliban or the bad Taliban, the facilitators, the financiers, we see Dr Hussain of PPP behind bars, we see the mayor of Karachi behind bars,” he was quoted as saying in a report by Dawn News.
Bilawal’s gesture towards good and Taliban was apparently aimed at the distinction by Pakistani officials towards the Afghan Taliban.
At least 61 people were killed and scores of others were wounded after a group of heavily armed militants stormed into the police academy last week.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack by releasing a statement and photographs of the three assailants who carried out the attack.
In the meantime, the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for distinguishing between the good and bad terrorists and allowing the Afghan militant groups to use its soil to plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.
The Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah released a statement following the attack, saying state-sponsored terrorism, use of proxy forces and differentiation between terrorists will always lead to destruction as he called to ‘Say no to terror’. -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES