Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan addressing a press conference. — Online Photo by Waseem Khan
Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan addressing a press conference. — Online Photo by Waseem Khan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan raised serious questions on Sunday over last week’s jailbreak in Dera Ismail Khan and called for introspection by all institutions of the state.

He said it was high time to determine why in the presence of an army division in and around D.I. Khan, elite force, police and special jail police, the attackers had managed to get hundreds of their accomplices freed.

“Because of the timely intelligence reports, all necessary preparations were made to thwart the attack. There were three security cordons set up around the jail. Machine gunners were also posted at strategic positions, but no body put up a fight,” Mr Khan said while talking to reporters at his party’s central secretariat.

“If nobody on ground is willing to fight then what can the provincial government do in such circumstances,” he said.

Over the past couple of months, Mr Khan has repeatedly demanded a meeting with the army chief and the prime minister before an all-parties conference proposed by the government for coping with terrorism.

Mr Khan said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had initiated a high-level inquiry into the incident and its findings would be shared with the nation.

He reiterated that this was a national issue which needed a corresponding response.

Nobody from the ISPR was available for comments.

Mr Khan said he had told US Secretary of State John Kerry during their recent meeting that since the US drones strikes had killed about 1,500 innocent people so far, whereas only 45 terrorists had been targeted. The strikes were directly affecting efforts of the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to curb militancy.

He reiterated that the federal government and the military establishment had to come clean on ‘hidden facts’ before calling an APC.

Last week, over 100 militants whom the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed to have sent freed 248 prisoners from the D.I. Khan jail. According to media reports the attack lasted three to four hours.

PRICE HIKE: Mr Khan severely criticised the government for steps which have triggered a record price hike.

He said the PML-N, instead of giving any new direction to the government as had been expected from it, had taken the easy route of taxing the already taxed middle and salaried classes instead of improving governance.

This, he said, was just the beginning of the results of the increase in general sales tax and other indirect taxation which the government had imposed in the budget. Soon a new wave of backbreaking inflation will be hitting people as a result of increase in the electricity tariff.

PTI leader Asad Umar, who advises Mr Khan on economic issues, said the government planned to increase the electricity tariff by 30 to 65 per cent for domestic consumers and 25 to 95pc for industries which would have a serious impact on the prices of commodities of everyday use. As a result of the increase in electricity tariff, people would have to bear an additional burden of Rs144 billion, he said.

WHITE PAPER: Mr Khan said the PTI would release on Aug 16 a white paper on rigging in the general elections. The party possesses evidence to show how returning officers rigged the May 11 elections.

He said the PTI had already approached the courts and after issuing the white paper would once again pray to them to order a biometric-based counting of votes in four constituencies.

“If found wrong in my argument for investigation, I will be the first one to offer a public apology for highlighting the issue,” he said.

LIBEL: The PTI chairman said he would file a libel lawsuit against JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman for accusing him in a TV talk show of acting on ‘Zionist agenda’.


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Bharat
Aug 05, 2013 07:34am

I have a lot of sympathy for this man now. He has gone past the elections and is speaking up aboutr matters like an opposition leader should.

He now needs to be the conscience of the the Government

K.A.Muhammad
Aug 05, 2013 07:52am

"Every Successive Government will be Worst than its Predecessors" said Quaid-E-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, as often Quoted by Late Ardeshir Cowasjee in his columns appearing in "Daily Dawn" on weekly basis.

It is not Pakistan that has failed as a State, Pakistani Politicians have failed to run the affairs of a state, for they neither were trained nor had any knowledge of state of affairs.

Except for going round and round, there is no hope!

jg
Aug 05, 2013 07:58am

where did IK get the figure of only 45 terrorists killed. does he not consider foot soldeirs of TTP and al qaeda as terrorists. their numbers is in 100s if not in 1000s.

jehanzeb
Aug 05, 2013 08:30am

It is becoming quite obvious now that Imran has nothing substantial to contribute to improvement of governance in Pakistan. Instead of taking serious steps to improve quality of management in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where he has a responsibility, he is blaming others. He should have been standing where the floods are taking place and providing leadership to men and women. Look at the people sitting with him in the picture. One is an ex state minister/ doctor of PIMS hospital from Shaukat Aziz cabinet, whose qualification has been pimping for and entertaining diplomats/ politicians in Islamabad. The other Mr. Ghulam Sarwar, is ex- PML-Q ex PPP who has been working as a front man for Bahria town Malik Riaz in Rawal pindi Islamabad. Doing all kind of shady deals and I heard also with a fake degree to his credit. I am from Islamabad formerly and have had the personal displeasure of dealing with these gentlemen. Imran's great company now a days tells us a lot about his sliding quality.

Shah
Aug 05, 2013 08:42am

“If nobody on ground is willing to fight then what can the provincial government do in such circumstances,” Imran said, while talking about D. I. Khan Jail Break.

Ab aya oonth pahar key neechey. Rude awakening for Khan as to how different the world of real governance is from rhetorical politicking...

Ahmer
Aug 05, 2013 09:35am

Pakistan will regret not electing Imran Khan as PM and within months not years.

Ali K
Aug 05, 2013 09:53am

Again IK is speaking before thinking. He should complete the inquiry first, then make these accusations. When will IK realize that he is not a kid anymore, grow up, talk with substance. He is acting like a cry baby and raising pre-mature noises without any substance. He has always been talking speculatively. That is why he has to retract from his lofty promises that he seemed to have made in the heat of the moment! At first, PTI CM totally denied having received any intelligence about the attack. Now, IK is contradicting his CM by saying that preparations were complete... PTI lacks unity of thought and is causing mass confusion.

Syed Anwar
Aug 05, 2013 10:14am

There is no need to file a case against Maulana Fazal. Every one knows that the Maulana is a political Maulana and not a serious person.

Tariq
Aug 05, 2013 10:15am

in the presence of Fazlur Rahmen no one need zionist agent.

Khanm
Aug 05, 2013 10:26am

Dear Imran. Khan... Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.... In pakistan the politics ia a game ....with no regulations and no laws .. You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

Naya Pakistan
Aug 05, 2013 11:05am

The Nation don't who is really responsible for this happening, because every one tries to put garbage on the other. PTI Government, Police, Intelligence sources, Army who is responsible??? I thing responsible is Pakistan who give space to such illegible nation to live on his chest .

AbbasToronto
Aug 05, 2013 11:12am

IK is being dishonest plain and simple.

The correct calculation that the Taliban made was that the friendly PTI government will not go after them, but will at best call us to "introspect". They were right.

Who is IK fooling?

dr vimal raina
Aug 05, 2013 11:31am

Bring a white paper out on what the situation in KP is and what he is doing and wants to do about it.

hasnain
Aug 05, 2013 11:44am

Mr. Khan should take some steps. Do something. Is he saying that the provincial government can't do anything? Making speeches and pointing fingers is okay when you're in the opposition, but now PTI needs to make things happen. This is a serious incident because of which many lives can be lost and PTI's response is to point fingers?

Ayaz
Aug 05, 2013 11:46am

We need accountability of the current government in KPK ... not introspection...

Awais
Aug 05, 2013 11:51am

Imran Khan should answer this question himself as his KPK leadership was sleeping some where

Shahid Pirzada
Aug 05, 2013 12:16pm

This is quite an ironic statement coming from PTI chief: “If nobody on ground is willing to fight then what can the provincial government do in such circumstances”. This is such a huge incident. Looks like a complete lawlessness. This just shows the incapability of the government to rule the country. Maintaining law and order is the prime responsibility of the government. Pakistani government (Federal or Provincial) does not seem to have that will to restore the law and order in the country. A group of mostly corrupt and incompetent leaders have been driving the country into a living hell. Perhaps soon people of Pakistan and the rest of the world will ask whether they need help from United Nations.

Muhammad Asif
Aug 05, 2013 01:35pm

“If nobody on ground is willing to fight then what can the provincial government do in such circumstances,”

Resign.

jak
Aug 05, 2013 01:43pm

Imran Khan is amongst the few politicials in the country which speaks the truth.

Zubair Khan
Aug 05, 2013 02:31pm

Instead solving serious problems being faced by Pakistan he also involved himself on blame game. An easy way to distract the attention of masses from actual problems.

Ali k
Aug 05, 2013 03:11pm

May be IK should have gone inside and solved this attack through negotiations. On a precautionary not he shouldn't have taken along any shia or a women in his team.

sabeeh omer
Aug 05, 2013 03:54pm

For years now Imran khan you have been harping the tune of NAYA PAKISTAN. It seemed you would do wonders if given an opportunity to govern. Very many innocent souls believed in you and in the magic wand that you seemed to carry. But the real world is different. Now with your government in KP, and with an ineffective CM from your party, and nothing noticeable done so far you are getting a taste of your own pudding!

Khan baba
Aug 05, 2013 04:18pm

Good questions. Law enforcement agency need to respond in public forum. They been sucking at doing their job for the last 10 years, it's about time someone question them.

Mohammad Farooq
Aug 05, 2013 05:21pm

This is going to a pretext to bring down PTI government in KPK.

Ali Abbas
Aug 05, 2013 06:08pm

Why this sham press conference? Aren't you happy that your buddies broke free?

Saad
Aug 05, 2013 06:13pm

reading the first few comments on this article, we are a big time astrayed nation... If thr were no nukes in our country,our fate would have been worst then syria.. We don't deserve a leader like Imran Khan.

krishna prasad
Aug 05, 2013 06:39pm

Actions speak louder than words. Did IK/KP chief minister take responsibility and transferred the officers concerned? Suspended the cops? Removed the inefficient officers manning the town? How about shaking up the total official machinery with new committed and sincere faces to ably run the matters of the province? How about re-organising the police force? How about starting a new force to man highly secured places and citizens? Where is the government? Looks like leaders fell short of ideas. No plan, no preparations to thwart future incidents - be it militancy or floods, or providing basic needs of people. Unfortunate and shameful in the least. Citizens who elected are the victims and suffering.

Khuram Nisar
Aug 05, 2013 06:45pm

“If nobody on ground is willing to fight then what can the provincial government do in such circumstances,”

Khan Sahib - Why can't provincial government fire those elements from the designated posts after clearing the evidence? At least, they would learn the lesson.

Muhammad Ahmed Mufti
Aug 05, 2013 07:52pm

Why the 250 or more prisoners were not airlifted to other prisons? This jail break simply underscores the need for establishing a ship based prison. Some old safina abid type discarded ship can be used for holding taliban prisoners in deep sea.

Rizwan
Aug 05, 2013 08:04pm

Instead he sympathises with the taliban in saying that have a cause to avenge... Sad but Imran Khan will never directly call the taliban for what they really are.... illeterate scam who are blindly killing there own people. Like someone said below he will never grow up and will remain a kid,, Peter Pan.

aysha
Aug 05, 2013 10:37pm

basically its KPK GOVT which is responsible for this attack. IK should account for his party members sitting in the assembly what they are doing there secondly its jst nt enough to criticize everytime other people. take responsibility urself as wel.

Aziz Rahman
Aug 06, 2013 02:59am

Imran is calling it America's war. So why should police and other forces sacrifice their lives for America. He can see drone attacks but can't hear the bomb blasts and cries of forty five thousand families who last their love ones. He should stop trying to confuse the nation any more and come up with a clear policy on terrorism. He did not attend the APC called by the ANP government and avoided to attend the signing of the peace deal with Sufi Mohammad in Swat before that, though he is always calling for talks with Taliban. He has no choice this time but to come up with a clear policy. By the way I am a voter of PTI from Peshawar.

Naved
Aug 06, 2013 04:39pm

PTI/Imran Khan always criticized MQM for grave law and order situation in Karachi, despite the fact that they have not been in power solely. PTI say that MQM have mandate of karachi and they should take the responsibility of problems in Karachi. From the same rule, PTI should take the responsibility of jailbreak in D.I Khan, although they are in Power. If they are helpless & can't preform, they should leave the government of KPK.

NASAH (USA)
Aug 07, 2013 07:47am

"If nobody on ground is willing to fight then what can the provincial government do in such circumstances,” he (Imran Khan) said.

The same question can be reversed for the provincial government and it will sound MORE plausible.

If nobody on ground in the provincial government is willing to fight the Taliban -- what the police on ground can do in such circumstances?

The cowardice is not on ground forces -- the cowardice is on ground leadership -- because the same ground forces under ANP leadership fought the Taliban and the ANP did not blame them for cowardice.

You can blame everybody except your own naivety, Mr. Khan -- but for how long?

Go and 'negotiate' with the Talibans for the return of those 250 escaped prisoners and bring them back to the jail -- if you are such a great NEGOTIATOR. But you're not -- you're a great escape artist.

mehboob
Aug 07, 2013 10:24am

Our corrupt nation deserves the Corrupt leaders. They do not deserve to have a loyal, sincere, straight forward leader like IK and i think he is the only one leader in the history of Pakistan who has the courage of speaking TRUTH.

dr vimal raina
Aug 07, 2013 06:59pm

was wondering what the lady has done to her hair...sorry but couldn't help it.