Pak­istani court says govt failed to curb mil­i­tancy

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


Pak­istan’s top court says in a scathing re­port that the gov­ern­ment failed to curb Is­lamic mil­i­tancy and ex­trem­ism in the coun­try. A com­mis­sion set up by the Supreme Court to in­ves­ti­gate an Au­gust Tale­ban at­tack that killed over 70 peo­ple, mostly lawyers in the north­west­ern city of Peshawar, re­leased its re­port yesterday.

The 86-page re­port, based on recorded state­ments from 45 of­fi­cials, says the In­te­rior Min­istry and the counter-ter­ror­ism de­part­ment are re­spon­si­ble for se­cu­rity lapses that en­abled the at­tack. It says they “cat­e­gor­i­cally failed” in their tasks. It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear what im­pact the re­port could have or what ac­tion could fol­low.

The re­port comes as Pak­ista­nis hold me­mo­rial cer­e­monies mark­ing the sec­ond an­niver­sary of an­other Tale­ban school at­tack in Peshawar, one which killed 154 peo­ple, most of them chil­dren. —AP

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