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Attack on cinema a revengeful act

PESHAWAR- Provincial Vice President Awami National Party (ANP) and owner of the Shama cinema Bashir Ahmad Bilour has blamed Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) NWFP leaders for attack on the cinema. He has lodged an FIR against Hakim Abdul Waheed and Haji Dost Muhammad Khan.

The ANP leader while addressing a hurriedly-called press conference termed it a well-planned act on the part of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders. Bashir Ahmad Bilour termed the incident a sheer incompetence on the part of JI leaders who had failed to control their activist from destroying the public and private property. He said that they were aware of the business concerns of the JI leaders.

The ANP leader while expressing concern over increasing law and order situation and growing trend of terrorism in the country, particularly in Peshawar, said that although the present regime being the military government and more competent than a representative government had failed in fulfilling its responsibilities. Instead of protecting life and property of the masses the government is doing unproductive business.

While blaming the Jamaat-e-Islami leaders for this incident he termed it an “act of terrorism”. “The Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT) activists had taken away many valuable assets, which shows their ill-intention,” the ANP leader remarked.

Terming the incident as a political vengeance against their family, he questioned that why had they chosen this cinema out of other 13 cinemas of the city. He expressed disappointment over what he called negative role played by the local civil and police administration.

In response to a question, Bashir Bilour said that in fact, government had adopted an unrealistic policy regarding arms. The government, through imposition of ban on arms exhibition had deprived, the peaceful and decent people of their just right of defending themselves. The ANP leader condemned federal Interior Minister Lt. General (Retd) Moinuddin Haider for cancellation of arms licenses.

Source: The Nation