[Dawn 25 April, 2019]

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister retired Brig Ijaz Ahmad Shah on Wednesday candidly conceded that Pakistan had become a security state instead of a welfare state. During a meeting of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior, the minister agreed to brief the panel in-camera about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent remarks about ‘use of Pakistan soil against Iran’.

He said Pakistan had been in a war-like situation for several years. The minister regretted that instead of being transformed into a welfare state, Pakistan had become a security state. On an occasion, he also remarked that one could not change neighbours.

The issue of the prime minister’s remarks about Iran had been raised by Senator Javed Abbasi of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, who said that such allegations had been levelled against Pakistan in the past as well, but it was something very serious that a person holding a responsible office was making such remarks.