Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf’s (PTI) chief whip Shireen Mazari on Tuesday criticised the government’s decision to seal the Pak-Afghan border, saying it was not solution in the country’s fight against terrorism.
“Terrorism will not be finished by closing the Pakistan-Afghanistan border,” Mazari said during a session of the National Assembly.
Pakistan’s border crossings with Afghanistan had been sealed in the aftermath of a suicide bombing at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sindh ─ the deadliest in a series of recent attacks in the country.
The military leadership had claimed the attacks were carried out by militants operating from safe-havens in Afghanistan.
Mazari asked why Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had alleged a day earlier that India is conducting terrorist activities in Pakistan when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had said during a recent visit to Turkey that Pakistan wants to do business with India.
“If terrorism can be defeated by closing the Pak-Afghan border, then why not close the Wagah border as well?” Mazari asked. “What is our foreign policy and who develops it?” she added.
Pointing to the Army’s recently-launched Operation Raddul Fasaad, Mazari also questioned why the policies that had created “fasaad” (discord) in the country had not been done away with.