Who is behind suicide bombing attack on Sherpao?
Daily Times, April 29, 2007
LAHORE: Former Intelligence Bureau chief Massod Sharif while talking to a private TV channel on Saturday said suicide blasts in Pakistan were the reaction to military action in the tribal areas of the NWFP. “This is the internal reactionary force resorting to suicide attacks to register their protests against incidents like the bombing of Bajaur madrassa and military action in Waziristan,” Sharif said in Geo television’s programme ‘Meray Mutabiq’. Muttahida Qaumi Movement Convener Dr Imran Farooq condemned the blast saying the moment had come for all the people against religious extremism to join hands and make a joint strategy to counter terrorism and religious extremism. Awami National Party head Asfand Yar Wali said if the present situation continued the future of Pakistan was in danger. He said the security situation in NWFP was alarming. “Suicide bombers register and ensure their presence by killing innocent people whenever they want and if the country’s interior minister is in danger, then the people have much to fear,” said Geo television’s senior analyst Dr Shahid Masood while commenting on the Charsadda blast. He said the suicide bombers were reminding the government that they were still strong and could hit anyone. He suspected that in the present situation it would become very difficult for Aftab Sherpao, Asfand Yar Wali and all the liberal forces in NWFP to continue their politics in the province. Journalist Talat Hussain said Sherpao was among 18 very important people placed in the high security zone. He said special security arrangements had been made for the Charsadda rally by deploying police commandos and making a security ring around the stage. The security agencies checked and cleared the stage before the rally, he added. Hussain said a security plan was made up for Sherpao’s participation in the rally adding that there was early information that the rally could be attacked. Hussain said according to the security plan Sherpao had to meet limited number of people in the rally. He said either there was a security lapse or the bomber had broken up the security ring. daily times monitor