Peshawar, Dec. 22
Imran Khan called off his street campaign against Prime Minister Sharif after the Peshawar school attack. The two even made a joint appearance the following day, on Dec. 17, to signal national unity. But despite the tragedy, Khan’s PTI is continuing to spend its, and the government’s, time on its longstanding political demands. He didn’t receive a hero’s welcome at the Army Public School on Dec. 22. It was asked: The PTI has been agitating in the streets against Sharif, but what has the PTI-led government actually done for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province? That’s being polite considering that on Aug. 28, the National Counter Terrorism Authority had warned Khan’s government, police and the Frontier Corps about imminent “terrorist activities against Army Public School/colleges and other education institutes being run by Pakistan Army … Forwarded for extreme vigilance and heightened security.” The inaction left 150 dead on Dec. 16, and exposed the PTI’s big talk as criminally hollow. For once, it really is all about Khan, who needs to recognize just how badly his party has failed the people.
From our Jan. 10, 2015, issue.