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Bannu jailbreak govt's failure: KP opposition

05 May, 2012

PESHAWAR: Opposition leader Akram Khan Durrani on Friday termed the Bannu jailbreak the government's failure while treasury benches, accepting the charge, said it was "terrorism".

The accusation was made during proceedings of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly session, first since Taliban attacked the central prison in Bannu district last month to free convicted militant commander, Adnan Rashid, and others.

"It is the government's failure," Akram Durrani of the JUI-F told the House. "This shameful jailbreak will have adverse effects on our institutions and the provincial government is to be blamed for all this," he said.

"It appears as if there is no government in the province," the opposition leader said.

Calling the Bannu jailbreak a conspiracy, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain termed it terrorism, informing the House that an inquiry report about the incident would be received next week.

"Whoever is found involved will be dealt with according to law," the minister promised.

The minister requested opposition members not to cash in on the issue for political gains.

All eyes were on the possible resolution from treasury benches in support of President Asif Ali Zardari. However, no such resolution was tabled and ANP parliamentary leader Bashir Ahmed Bilour told the media that Pakistan People's Party did not take its coalition partner into confidence.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) submitted a resolution with the Assembly Secretariat, seeking Hazara to be declared a separate province.

"This House should recommend to the federal government to declare Hazara a separate province," said the resolution, submitted by PML-N MPA Javed Abbasi and signed by PML-N provincial president Sabir Shah, Sardar Aurangzeb Nalota and Inayat Khan Jadoon.

It read that the people of Hazara division had been deprived of their due right in annual development plans and that the region was kept backward despite being rich in natural resources.


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