ISLAMABAD: Members of the National Assembly (MNAs) Monday condemned the ghastly attack at an Imambargah in Shikarpur and urged the government to set up a judicial commission to probe the gory incident.
They also demanded the government to provide compensation to the heirs of martyred and provide best health facilities to those who sustained injuries in the attack.
Speaking in the National Assembly, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah asked the chair to suspend the agenda to discuss the Shikarpur tragedy.
Ghous Baksh Mehr of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) said over five dozen people were killed in the attack but neither the Prime Minister nor any of his ministers had so far visited the place.
He said the Sindh Chief Minister visited Shikarpur to only meet his own party members and ignored the affected families.
He said he had pointed out on several occasions that Taliban’s recruitment was going on in Shikarpur but neither the deputy inspector general of police nor the commissioner had taken any notice of that.
He also regretted that the district hospital in Shikarpur, sole medical facility in the area, had no civil surgeon. He urged the Prime Minister and chief minister to provide funds to the hospital.
Aftab Shahban Mirani of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said it was not true that the chief minister did not meet the bereaved families.
He had met 43 families of the deceased and offered condolence, he claimed.
Mirani said even the chief minister arranged a C130 plane for shifting the seriously injured to Sukkur, Larkana and Karachi.
He aslo announced Rs 2 million each compensation for the deceased.
It was a worst tragedy in the history of Shikarpur, he added.
Shahban Mirani said the federal government should also announce compensation for the deceased and send a medical team for the treatment of the injured.
Saman Sultana Jafari of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) condemned the attack and called for a multi-pronged strategy to cope with such incidents.
She said Jandollah faction of Taliban had accepted the responsibility of this heinous act.
Pamphlets were distributed in some parts of Karachi on behalf of Daesh threatening the particular community to leave the area or face the music.
She alleged despite issuing black warrants for hanging the head of a banned outfit, Attaur Rehman, the decision had not been implemented so far.
Maulana Amir Zaman of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) strongly condemned the incident and demanded the federal government to announce compensation for the victims, besides providing best health care facilities to the injured.
He said the National Assembly passed the Pakistan Protection Bill, which had not been implemented in letter and spirit.