PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has urged the alliance of opposition parties to postpone their rally in Peshawar keeping in view of the threat of terrorism in the city.

KP Minister for Labour Shaukat Yousafzai said in a statement after a meeting with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in Peshawar on Friday that the opposition parties should hold talks with the KP government on the issues instead of putting security of the city at risk. However, he made it clear that talks will be held on all issues except accountability matters.

The minister said Peshawar has recently witnessed a tragic terror incident in which innocent children of a madrassa were targeted.

Eight people lost their lives and over a hundred others were injured in blast in a madrassa in Peshawar on Tuesday.

Shaukat Yousafzai said the KP government will not impose any ban on rallies and processions but would give full security to it.

However, he alleged that the opposition parties were playing with the lives of people to save the corruption of some leaders.

The 11-party opposition alliance has started rallies against the incumbent government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The opposition claims the movement has been launched as the government has failed to deliver, while the government claims that the movement is launched to save corruption of the former rulers. The government has made it clear that is ready to listen to all demands of the opposition except for accountability issues on which no compromise will be made.

The opposition has rejected the KP government’s request for postponing the rally and said it will go ahead as planned.

The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Secretary General Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said the public meetings of opposition alliance, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) will continue despite the tragic terror incident in a madrassa in Peshawar.

Talking to media persons after visiting the madrassa in Peshawar where a blast happened four days ago, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said the government writ is invisible. He demanded formation of a high-level judicial commission to probe the incident.

The JUI-F leader said the public meetings of the PDM in Peshawar and Multan will go ahead according to schedule. He said the JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman is saying from the beginning that this government is incompetent. He said the government has failed to control sky-rocketing inflation and government writ is invisible, while joblessness is on peak.


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