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Shah Mahmood Qureshi, vice chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), criticised Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday for inviting PTI leader Imran Khan to an all-parties conference (APC) to discuss national issues. He claimed that the government had forgotten about national unity in the face of the deteriorating security situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

According to Qureshi, the security situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is rapidly deteriorating, according to the Pakistan-based The Nation newspaper.

According to The Nation, the former foreign minister attacked the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) led government and said, “when the situation has deteriorated, they suddenly remember to fight against terrorism.

After the recent suicide bombing in Pakistan’s Peshawar city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday called for national unity to fight the menace of terrorism.

Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan is under a grave economic crisis due to the faulty policies of the government.

According to Qureshi, if the current political instability continues, it will ultimately result in an economic crisis. “Pakistan cannot move forward if all the political parties are not on the same page,” he said.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that for the last eight-nine months, the government’s economic policies are going in the wrong direction, The Nation reported.

Qureshi said that on one side the government is arresting the PTI leaders and on the other side they are sending invites for conferences, it is beyond understanding.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had earlier invited PTI Chairman Imran Khan to an all-parties conference (APC), summoned on February 7 to deliberate on national challenges.

On one side the government is calling the Opposition to talk and on the other side government is arresting PTI leaders.

Pakistan’s former Interior Minister in the Imran Khan-led government and Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rashid was arrested by Islamabad Police. Rashid was arrested for alleging that the former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari had hatched a conspiracy to assassinate former Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Dawn reported.

The arrest comes after PTI chief Imran Khan had in a statement claimed that Asif Ali Zardari has hatched a ‘Plan C’ to assassinate him and for this purpose, Zardari has given the money of the Sindh government to a terrorist organisation.

Citizens in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa staged protests in the region on Friday against a rise in terrorism in the region as they called for strict action by the authorities, Dawn reported.

The rallies come as Pakistan has been plagued by a surge of terrorism, primarily in KP, but also in Balochistan and the bordering Punjab town of Mianwali.

Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police on Wednesday staged a protest against the rising terrorism in the province.

The police force protested in front of the Peshawar Press Club. This is the first time in history that the province’s police have protested against terrorism.

Social media videos feature groups of police personnel yelling anti-terrorism slogans. 

In Peshawar’s Police Lines mosque, a strongly guarded building, a suicide bomber detonated himself on January 30 at around 1 pm during Zohr prayers, causing the roof to collapse on those who were worshipping at the time. 

As the rescue effort to recover victims from the mosque’s rubble came to an end on Tuesday, the number of people killed in the explosion reached 100, according to a report from Geo News. 

There have been at least 221 injuries.  53 patients are being treated, and about 100 bodies have been brought into the facility, according to Mohammad Asim, the spokeswoman for the main hospital, Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar, as reported by Geo News.

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