Fawad asks PPP leaders to apologize for violence against police

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ISLAMABAD, March 20 (APP):Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Wednesday asked Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’s leadership to apologize over the incident of attack by its party workers on policemen and media during their appearance before National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigation team.
In a statement, he said four policemen and reportedly two cameramen were injured as a result of the attack by PPP workers.
He said today PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari were called for investigation by the investigative agency NAB. On this occasion, about 500 workers of the PPP gathered and a few dozens of them attacked police which was unfortunate, he added.
“You want to say as to how anybody dared to summon you for investigation and then you call your people to attack. This attitude is no different from the behavior of proscribed organizations on which National Action Plan is being enforced,” he added.
The minister said monopoly over violence was the “right and responsibility of the state” and it was unfortunate to object when a person was called for investigation. In consequence, the concepts of constitution and law were negated, he observed.
Bilawal was speaking like he was addressing a gathering of millions, he said adding the few people who came attacked the police which acted with patience and restraint and tried to tackle the situation impartially.
He said the state would fulfill its responsibility if a certain line was crossed.
“We wanted conciliation but it does not mean that the process of accountability should be stopped. The process of accountability will continue and people have to face cases. It is not possible that few people gather and try to influence an investigation,” he added.