Pakistan

PM taken to task on social media for lunch gathering amid Karachi terror attack

By Azhar Khan

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: As the horrific terror strike hit Karachi with terrorist ambush on Ismaili community bus claiming at least 45 lives, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was taken to task on social media for continuing with his luncheon gathering in Islamabad amid countrywide mourning wave in the wake of Karachi tragedy.

The PM hosted a luncheon for political leaders to settle an internal dispute over Pak-China economic corridor in Islamabad, however several TV channels splashed his statement numerous times wherein he stated “Let’s have a lunch first…” amid the flow of heart-rending news of Karachi terrorist attack.

Some political parties had expressed apprehensions and concerns over alleged change in route of economic corridor, hence PM called the All Parties Conference. However, his decision to continue with the programme drew wrath of general public who vent their anger on the social media.

Some reports suggested that MQM leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, who was present in the meeting, urged the PM to cut short the gathering and fly Karachi on this critical juncture.

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