‘Interested in NRO2’: Imran blasts govt for ‘increase’ in terrorism’

PTI chief says govt petrified of holding elections; reiterates it is the ‘only way to stabilize the economy

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday blasted the government for “failing to deal with an increase in terrorism”.

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Citing the recent terrorist attacks in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), the former prime minister in a series of tweets said that the “imported” government has failed to control a “50 percent increase” in terrorism, adding that the government has also failed to deal with attacks from the international Pak-Afghan border by “security forces of a ‘friendly’ Afghan government”.

The former premier furthered that “our soldiers, police, and local people are giving daily sacrifices with their lives”.

“While our soldiers, police, and local people are giving daily sacrifices with their lives, the worst part is that this increasing terrorist threat & attacks from across our Western border are finding no space in the discourse of this government of a cabal of crooks,” the tweet said.

Imran then added that the current government is only interested in “their NRO 2 and its preservation”. He further said that despite the “economy tanking” the government is petrified of holding elections and reiterated that elections are the “only way to stabilize the economy”.

“All they are interested in is their NRO2 and its preservation. Therefore, despite the economy tanking they are petrified of holding elections which is the only way to stabilize the economy through political stabilization,” added Imran.

The remarks by the PTI chief come as K-P sees a surge in terrorist attacks, incidents of “unprovoked cross-border shelling” by the Afghan Taliban forces in the Chaman-Spin Boldak area took place and the Afghan forces fired rockets into the Pakistani territory from across the Chaman border.

Last month, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said that they have called off a ceasefire agreed upon with the federal government in June and ordered its militants to stage terrorist attacks across the country.

The TTP, a separate entity from the Taliban in Afghanistan but sharing a similar hardline ideology, has been responsible for hundreds of attacks and thousands of deaths since emerging in 2007.

The government and the TTP had agreed to a truce earlier this year after Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers took a prominent role in brokering peace talks, but negotiations made little progress and there were frequent breaches.

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