Maryam Nawaz Sharif: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday blamed former ISI chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hamid for the Peshawar suicide bombing that killed 101 people including 97 policemen.
The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.
“Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan’s facilitator – Gen Faiz Hamid – who was posted in Peshawar (as Corps commander) was responsible for the Peshawar attack,” said Maryam. She is the daughter of deposed prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. She was addressing a party gathering in Bahawalpur city of Punjab.
‘Why did he open doors for terrorists’
“The one (Gen Hamid) whom Imran Khan used to call his eyes, hands and ears, was posted in Peshawar (Corps commander). Why did he open doors for terrorists (from Afghanistan)? Why did he say that terrorists were our brothers and invited them to Pakistan? Why did he release hardcore terrorists from prison?” Maryam asked.
She further said, “Had he (Gen Hamid) become the eyes, hands and ears of Pakistan, this situation (of terrorism) would not have happened.”
Hamid’s controversial visit to Afghanistan
Maryam also slammed the former ISI chief for his “controversial visit” to Afghanistan at the time of the fall of Ashraf Ghani government. “This man used to say in Afghanistan that everything is fine while drinking qahwa,” she taunted.
Lt Gen Hamid, who served as the chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) from June 2019 to November 2021, was the first high-ranking foreign official to visit Afghanistan after the Taliban seized the Afghan capital in mid-August in 2021.
Towards the end of his stint as the ISI head, he was in the midst of a controversy between Imran Khan and then army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. The latter wanted to post him as commander of the Peshawar Corps while Imran was not willing to relieve him. Hamid was ultimately posted out to Peshawar, where he served for less than a year before being moved to the Bahawalpur Corps.
ISI wields considerable power in the matters of security and foreign policy of the country. Its chief is considered one of the most important in the Pakistan Army, which has ruled the country for more than half of its 75 years of existence.
‘Imran Khan responsible’
Maryam said her father eliminated terrorism from the country but it returned because of the bad policies of the Imran Khan regime.
She also indirectly hit out at former army chief Gen Bajwa and former chief justice Saqib Nisar for her father’s ouster.
“If Nawaz Sharif was the cause of all problems then there should have been rivers of milk and honey flowing in the country during the four-year tenure of Imran Khan,” she said, adding that Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif saved the country from becoming Sri Lanka, a country facing its worst economic crisis in decades.
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