PESHAWAR - Joint opposition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Friday severely criticized the PTI-led provincial government for allegedly not taking appropriate security measures and said that through the passage of the Security of Sensitive Installation Act, the government has put the responsibility of the security directly on the people.

The KP assembly met with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair. Opposition lawmakers said that the government has failed in ensuring fool-proof security in the backdrop of the Army Public School (APS) terror attack and Imambargah blast in Hayatabad.

Leader of Opposition Maulana Lutf-ur-Rehman, on a point of order, said that the provincial government through the passage of the Security of Sensitive Installation Act has put the responsibility of the security directly on the people. He said that the provincial government is doing nothing to protect the lives of the citizens.

Under the law, the managements of private schools themselves are responsible for their security, he added

Maulana Lutf-ur-Rehman said that terrorist incidents are unabated in the country, but the senior officials of the government are not taking any concrete step to control these attacks.

Senior Minister for Local Government, Inayatullah Khan, responded saying that the attack on Imambargah was a sorrowful act and the government has condemned it.

He said that the Chief Minister and members of his cabinet as well as Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) had visited the affected Imambargah.

However, he said, the whole country is war-ridden, adding lawlessness is not a new phenomenon and linked to the whole region.

The minister said that the federal government had held All Parties Conference (APC) and evolved a 20-point Action Plan against it while an apex committee at provincial level has been constituted which regularly reviews the situation.

PPP MPA Nighat Yasmin Orakzai said that despite security threats and persistent demands of the management of Imambargah concerned, a vacant plot was not handed over to them. She urged the government for taking security measures for provision of protection to the people against terrorists.

She also criticized the allegations made by PTI Chief Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Siraj-ul-Haq for alleged selling of votes by MPAs in the Senate elections.

Sardar Aurangzeb Nalotah of PML-N said that terrorist attack and killing of over 150 children in Army Public School (APS) and worshippers in Imambargah are the matter of high concern. He alleged the government had not taken prior steps for the prevention of such incidents.

He also shared the feelings of Nighat Orakzai regarding the allegations of PTI and JI chiefs regarding the trading of votes in Senate polls.

In response to the speeches of the opposition, JI chief Siraj-ul-Haq expressed gratitude that members of the house have become aware that some people are chasing legislators to elect themselves to the upper house of parliament on the basis of their capital. Later, the session was adjourned till Monday.