Blast at Nawa-i-Waqt building widely condemned -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Blast at Nawa-i-Waqt building widely condemned

PESHAWAR- Like other parts of the country, people from all over NWFP and adjacent tribal areas have expressed resentment over tragic bomb explosion at the building of daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Karachi and urged the government o arrest the culprits.

The Awami National Party (ANP) Central President, Asfandyar Wali Khan while expressing concern over the tragic bomb explosion said the government had failed to maintain law and order. The ANP leader alleged that through such explosions the hidden hands who since long have been struggling to curb the Press freedom, have again taken on the press. However, such acts would urged the governments failure instead of putting lives of people at stake and curbing the press freedom. He extended sympathies to the management of daily Nawa-i-Waqt and assured that being a democratic force, ANP would continue its struggle for press freedom.

Similarly, ANP provincial President Begum Nasim Wali Khan and central Information Secretary Haji Mohammad Adeel have also expressed resentment over tragic bomb explosion at Nawa-i-Waqt Karachi office and stated it an act to muzzle the press freedom. They extended sympathies with the members of bereaved families and assured the management of daily Nawa-i-Waqt of their support. They demanded of the government to early arrest the culprits.

Ajmal Khattak, chief of National Awami Party (NAP) while expressing concern over the tragic bomb explosion, stated it a part of well planned conspiracy being hatched against the press freedom as well as freedom of expression. Through a press release Mohammad Ajmal Khan Khattak said that Press is not only the fourth pillar of the state but Nawa-i-Waqt group had always struggled for Press freedom.

The NAP Chief said that such type of explosions meant to create unrest and uncertainty amongst the people. However, maximum responsibility rests with the government to take early steps for ensuring action to lives and people of the country. He also called upon the people to extend maximum cooperation to personnel of law enforcing agencies for foiling such type of terrorist acts. He extended sympathies to the management of daily Nawa-i-Waqt.

Haji Shakir Ullah Afridi, chief of Azad Qabail Tehrik and Jamaat-e-Islami stalwart from Tribal areas while expressing concern over the act, said that through it the anti-state elements had made an attempt to prevent Nawa-i-Waqt, The Nation and other publications of the group from raising voice for democracy, national interests and genuine rights of the masses.

The tribal elder has made it clear that no one could prevent Nawa-i-Waqt group publications of serving the national interests. He in this respect urged the government to take immediate steps for the arrest of culprits and award them exemplary punishment. He also urged the custodians of law enforcing agencies to take steps for the protection of newspaper officers throughout the country.

The Regional Committee of All Pakistan Newspaper Society, in its meeting held with Pir Sufaid Shah Hamdard in the chair also denounced the tragic bomb explosion.

The meeting through a resolution, demanded of the government to go for impartial inquiry into the tragic incident.

Khalid Durrani provincial president of Pakistan Awami Tehrik along with other colleagues including Tariq Khan Durrani and Jamshed Ali Khan also expressed concern over the tragic explosion.

Begum Tehmas Khan, PPP Women Wing Provincial Information Secretary has expressed grave concern over recent bomb explosion at the office of daily Nawa-i-Waqt at Karachi and stated it an act to terrorise the media people. In a press release, the PPP leader said that military regime had failed in running affairs of the country. On one hand, the rulers have made isolated the country at global level while on the other its negative internal policies had disappointed the people.

Source: The Nation
Date:11/9/2000