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Day after Uri, Pak top judge accuses parties of backing terrorists: Report

UriTerrorAttack Updated: Sep 21, 2016 07:28 IST
Dhrubo Jyoti
Dhrubo Jyoti
Hindustan Times
Uri attack

Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police personnel at the army base that was attacked by militants in Uri.(PTI Photo)

Pakistan may have strongly denied a hand in an attack on the Uri army base in Kashmir but the country’s chief justice has blamed political parties for backing “terrorists” to further interests.

In a public meeting on Monday, Pakistan’s chief justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said courts in the Muslim-majority country were being attacked to instil fear among judges and lawyers, news channel Geo News reported.

“It is disappointing to see some political parties supporting terrorists for their own interest,” he was quoted as saying by the channel.

Channel 24 news reported that Jamali called for exposing any contact between “terrorists” and the country’s political and religious parties.

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His comments came a day after four heavily armed militants sneaked into a military base near the Line of Control and killed 18 soldiers, the worst attack on the army in years.

India has blamed Jaish-e-Mohammad for the strike and described Pakistan as a “terror” state that needs to be isolated. But Islamabad has rebuffed the charges and said New Delhi’s “hostile narrative” was a knee-jerk reaction not based on facts.

But according to Geo news, the country’s top judicial authority said “terrorism” flourished in Pakistan because of external powers and internal patronization. “In the Karachi and Balochistan law and order cases, I have discussed these issues,” he said, according to the channel.

Channel 24 News quoted Jamali as saying that judicial institutions in Pakistan were facing “terrorist attacks”.

Jamali also urged Pakistan’s security agencies to provide “foolproof security” to courts and judicial institutions because extremists wanted to spread “terror” by attacking the country’s courts, Ary News reported.

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