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Oppn attacks Musharraf for suicide attack

Opposition parties asked the pro-military Govt to immediately step down or face a nationwide agitation.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 19:02 IST

Holding President Pervez Musharraf responsible for the suicide attack that left ober 35 soldiers dead in Pakistan's northwest, opposition parties on Thursday asked the pro-military government to immediately step down or face a nationwide agitation.

"A change in policy was imperative to deal with the troubled tribal regions but it was not possible for the present rulers to do that. As a consequence, the nation would continue to hear such tragic news after intervals," Chairman of the Alliance for Restoration of Democracy Amin Fahim said.

He said talks should be held with the people of the area, who in his opinion are patriots.

Referring to last week's military attack on a madrasa in Bajaur tribal agency in which 80 people were killed, he said "if the government killed innocent people, it would have to face a backlash".

"If the government suspected that some subversive elements were hiding somewhere, it should cordon off the area and try to capture them. Militants or weapons in their possession could easily be recovered through such a methodology," he was quoted as saying by the Dawn

"If the government received any information about some illegal activity in some area, it should check its veracity before going for a military action," he said adding a representative government could handle the situation without causing any deaths.

He appealed to all opposition parties to call meetings of their relevant bodies to discuss the situation and launch a movement to dislodge the present rulers.

In case they didn't, consequences could be disastrous for the country's unity, Jhagra warned.

He said the country was fast heading towards anarchy and a civil war and could no longer afford to work under foreign dictation.

MMA leader Qazi Husain Ahmed said the "wrong policies of Musharraf were leading to deaths of army men as well as civilians". He said the situation would not normalize unless Gen Musharraf steps down.

Ahmad, who is the leader of the Jamaat-i-Islami, said his party was determined to launch a movement to oust Musharraf.