Pak government red faced over chaotic handling of lunatic gunman episode
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 17, 2013, 12:26
  
Islamabad: The lunatic gunman who kept the PML-N government up on their toes for hours demanding Shariah implementation has left a sour taste in the interior minister's mouth making him unable to come up with satisfactory answers regarding security concerns.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan accepted his responsibility for restricting the police to open fire on the gunman and endangering lives of senior police officers by saying 'they are meant for dangers'.

Khan said that although the intention of PPP leader Zamurd Khan was fair, he should not have interfered in the security operation adding that all police officers, including senior officials would be suspended for allowing the leader breach the security.

The report said that Nisar held media responsible for prolonging the operation and said that he had ordered the authorities to approach the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and stop the live coverage for 15 to 30 minutes for conducting the operation; which was not ensured.

Khan was further unable to justify why at the cost of national repute and the repute of law enforcement agencies the police were not allowed to take action.

He said that the government has learnt many lessons from the incident and has identified their weaknesses including inability to conduct any police operation in the dark, unavailability of infrared guns and stun guns and stun bullets and the procedure to isolate the crime scene.

The minister gave shocking responses to the gunman's demands and said that his first demand of getting his soon freed from Abu Dhabi's prison was unimaginable; however, his second demand of going to the UAE embassy along with his weapons was still considerable, the report added.

ANI


First Published: Saturday, August 17, 2013, 12:26


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