Islamabad: Twenty-one years ago, a probe into a devastating blast at an ammunition depot had led to the collapse of then Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo`s government. Taking a leaf from this, the present dispensation has refrained from ordering an enquiry into the audacious attack on the Pakistani Army HQ last week, a media report said Wednesday.
Over 100 men, women and children were killed and many more were wounded by missiles that rained death and destruction in Islamabad and Rawalpindi after the Ojhri camp ammunition dump in the adjacent garrison town exploded April 10, 1988. Junejo had appointed two committees - one military and the other parliamentary - to probe the disaster. This infuriated then military dictator Gen. Ziaul Haq so much that he dismissed his handpicked prime minister May 29, 1988 on the pretext that he had failed to implement Islam in the country. Prime Minister Gilani`s spokesman Imran Gardezi was not available for comment as he was in China. Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar did not respond to the question whether President Asif Ali Zardari, the supreme commander of the armed forces, had ordered an inquiry into the army HQ attack. "The sources said instead of ordering an inquiry, both President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani sent messages of `congratulations` to the top military brass. One commentator said that the opposition too did not demand any inquiry into the incident," The News pointed out. One other reason for the lack of a probe could be that the government is already under tremendous pressure from the military on the Kerry-Lugar bill that places severe conditions on the manner in which US aid for the war against terror is to be utilised. "The military leadership had expressed its concerns over the bill through a press release to the media instead of using the normal channel of the ministry of defence," the newspaper pointed out. Bureau Report
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