Khaqan Abbasi demands making Ojhri Camp blast report public
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi talking to newsmen outside a court in Karachi.
Hundreds of people had lost their lives while scores went missing in the incident that struck the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on April 10, 1988.
In an exclusive interview with 24NewsHD TV channel on the occasion of 33rd anniversary of the incident Saturday, Khaqan Abbasi said all reports on such human tragedies should be made public because they were public property.
He was of the view that such reports could not be hushed up. “It is necessary that people get to know whether this incident was a mere coincidence or was planned,” Abbasi said, and added, “The more you dig into it the more secrets are laid bare.”
The PML-N leader said the purpose of forming commissions and committees in the country had two objectives: to protect the real culprits behind such incidents and to cover up the facts.
He recalled that on April 10, 1988 his father was martyred on the spot at the Ojhri Camp while his brother remained in a coma for 14 years.
Abbasi says has no idea about nature of his case
Talking to the media in Karachi on Saturday, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said he had been facing corruption reference for the past two years. “Just like Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Jahangir Khan Tareen complains he knows nothing about the charges levelled against him, similarly I do not have any idea about the nature of the case against me,” he added.
Abbasi said it was not clear who was making country’s economic policies. “An electricity bill which previously cost only Rs2,000 has now jumped to Rs5,000,” he regretted.
The former prime minister said it was unfortunate that the Prime Minister had never talked about inflation. “Nobody knows how to govern the country,” he commented.
The PML-N leader said Jahangir Tareen hosted a dinner which was attended by 40 members of the ruling party. “People are well aware that this government’s life is short,” he said.
He was of the view that Tareen had the required strength to overthrow PM Imran’s government.
At the same time, however, he opined there was no use toppling the government because it was already very weak.
He also dispelled the impression that the PML-N and other opposition parties were looking towards Tareen to help them get rid of the present government because prime minister’s differences with Tareen were PTI’s internal matter.
Abbasi claimed that Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), opposition parties’ alliance, was getting stronger with each passing day.
Former prime minister accused the PTI government of making ‘fabricated’ cases against its political opponents in order to stifle their voice. “We are accustomed to such sort of one-sided accountability,” he remarked.
Abbasi was of the view that there was no need to enact laws to give respect to the country’s armed forces. “If we want to give respect to our country’s forces, we must implement the constitution in true letter and spirit,” he stressed.
He said PDM respected Awami National Party’s decision to part ways with it.
Reporter Owais Kiani