Makhdoom blames delay in NAP implementation for Sehwan shrine deaths

KARACHI/HYDERABAD/SEHWAN SHARIF: Tragic loss of innocent lives in Sehwan shrine attack was the direct outcome of inordinate delay in strict implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP), said Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday.

Qureshi reached Karachi where he was given a warm welcome. He directly went to Sehwan Sharif accompanied by PTI Sindh chapter vice president Haleem Adil Siddiqui and offered condolence to the Sajjada Nasheen. He visited the shrine and the Dhamal court and gathered information from people there.

Talking to media, he said that we cannot fight terrorism by closing down the shrines, adding we can only fight it by following the teachings of these saints. He said the shrines of saints are cradles of love and peace. People visit these shrines to get peace of mind and learn lesson of love and compassion.

He said people come here to get their wounded souls healed and not to get their bodies wounded. He said he is personally devastated by the bloodbath of the shrine of Sehwan, as he himself belongs to a respected shrine and fully understands the spiritual values of these shrines.

Makhdoom said that every year millions of people visit the Sehwan shrine and the government should have provided complete security and proper medical facilities here. He said sadly on the day of sad incident only five to nine employees were present in the government hospital; whereas per record 95 people are employed there.

He said the injured were shifted to the hospitals of Karachi, Hyderabad and Nawabshah. These poor injured people had even no money to purchase drinking water. He said at least 88 people had embraced martyrdom and 76 injured but the government had not announced compensation for them. He demanded of the government to immediately announce compensation for them. He condemned disrespect to the severed limbs and remains of the martyrs and demanded a probe into it.

He said the decision of the government to close down the shrines of Bari Imam, Bhitshah, Abdullah Ghazi, Shah Shams Tabriz and other saints is a worrisome development, as terrorism could only fought by promoting the teachings of these saints. He said people adore these shrines; this was why the people rejected the government decision and opened the shrine and Dhamal court of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. He asked the government that instead of sealing the shrines their devotees should be provided proper security.

He said no talks could be held with terrorists. He said that all points of the national action plan which are unanimously approved by this nation should be strictly implemented. He said we shouldchase the terrorists and crush them all over the country. To a question about the rangers’ operation in Punjab, he said the Punjab government should adopt a realistic policy in this regard, as the terrorists have also targeted different places in Punjab.

Later, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited the residence of Mushtaq Dogar in Hyderabad. He also visited Mirpurkhas where he was also given a warm welcome. Qureshi after staying a night in Umerkot would embark on the visit of Tharparkar.