Of the Lahore blast and PTI’s real “achievements”

Published: February 14, 2017
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Instead of directing the national discourse towards the root causes of extremism, the focus changes to third rated conspiracy theories.

Police stand alert as they secure the site of a bomb explosion in Lahore on February 13, 2017. PHOTO: AFP Instead of directing the national discourse towards the root causes of extremism, the focus changes to third rated conspiracy theories.

The city of my birth, Lahore, is bleeding again. Many are shocked and have condemned it in strong words, while some have reiterated their pledge that the fight against extremism would go on – both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa made strong statements of condemnation. With respect to fight against extremism, military and civilian leadership seems to be on the same page.

However, reactions from some quarters were unfortunately petty. One of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) sitting MPA, Murad Raas, tweeted the following reprehensible words:

It is indeed tragic that at a time of mourning and national tragedy, some PTI politicians, instead of acting maturely and responsibly, are indulging in a petty blame game. They are weaving absurd conspiracy theories and trying to play politics on dead bodies. I keep hearing tall claims by PTI that it “cares” about ordinary people and is their real “representative”, yet this reprehensible behaviour from their MPA directly contradicts these claims. These words show almost no respect for the martyred and utter disregard for even commonplace decency.

It seems that in its obsession to bring down the Nawaz government, PTI is literally ignoring every ethical and moral consideration and now interpreting terrorist attacks (which have been occurring for over a decade) as “conspiracy” by the government itself!

These words are inexcusable and have deservedly been condemned by some.