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Federal cabinet meeting: Nawaz expresses sorrow over tourists' killing

Updated Jun 24, 2013 12:11pm


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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for the immediate arrest of the culprits responsible for killing ten foreign tourists and their guide in an unprecedented attack in the Himalayas of Nanga Parbat during a meeting of his government’s federal cabinet on Monday, DawnNews reported.

Earlier on Sunday, Islamic militants disguised as policemen killed ten foreign climbers and their guide in a brazen overnight raid against their campsite at the base of Nanga Parbat, one of the world’s highest mountains, in the scenic Himalayan valley of Bunar Das in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Today’s meeting, which was headed by PM Nawaz, expressed sorrow over the ghastly attack. The routine agenda of the cabinet was shelved to discuss matters relating to the incident.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar briefed the cabinet that the terrorists used a local guide to help them get to the foreign tourists’ abode in the mountains where they perpetrated the attack. He added that the guide was under interrogation.

Addressing the cabinet, PM Nawaz said that attacking citizens of friendly countries was a conspiracy hatched against Pakistan at the behest of those who wanted to destroy her, adding that they would not be allowed to become successful in their mission.

Sources told DawnNews that the premier is also expected to address the National Assembly later in the day with regards to the incident.

In related news, the bodies of the foreign tourists and the local guide were identified, officials said Monday.

One was an American with dual Chinese citizenship, three came from the Ukraine, two from Slovakia, two others from China, one from Lithuania and one from Nepal, they said.


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Ashiq Ahmad Jun 24, 2013 12:11pm

The nation wants more than this, we want an end to such brutal actions. The nation doesn't care whether the government talks to some one or not, it want a liberal society where we are not scared of anyone. the word "condemn" has no attraction for the nation

Ashiq Ahmad Jun 24, 2013 12:15pm

why sorrow, no sorrow, go for quick action against all who are responsible for security lapses

citizen Jun 24, 2013 12:18pm

Mian Sahib, just in case you have not noticed thousands of Pakistani citizens have been killed by these terrorists. 9 Foreigners got your attention which is great. We hope you will also come to rescue foreigners who called themselves Pakistani.

imtiaz Hydari Jun 24, 2013 12:18pm

The heavy hand of the law must come down hard on the perpetrators of this ghastly crime. To negotiate peace with the TTP whilst they continue their terror campaign against innocent civilians is not possible.This message should be conveyed loud and clear to the TTP.

Kamal Jun 24, 2013 12:44pm

These mountaineers were innocent human being and ambassador of peace in Pakistan. Their cold blooded killing is condemnable in all form. Government should take immediate actions to stop such brutality in future. This is the time to take tough instance to eradicate such ruthlessness from the face of Pakistan. My extreme condolences with the people of aggrieved countries for losing precious life in the hand of barbaric gangsters. Interestingly, I don

K G Surendran Jun 24, 2013 01:13pm

Dialogue does not help with such elements. Huge challenge for the Nawaz Sharif government especially after other such incidents in recent days, his initial approach will have to undergo a metamorphosis.

rehan Jun 24, 2013 01:27pm

nawaz sharif zindabad

Zafar Iqbal Jun 24, 2013 01:29pm

The only way to defeat these shameless people is for our political and military leadership to unite and fight them as one.

And they must be defeated at all cost.

Tas Jun 24, 2013 02:00pm

So, once again we have the same explanation: 'a consipiracy hatched against Pakistan at the behest of those who want to destroy Pakistan'.Why don't you name them? It is nothing less than the abdication of state which has no solution and is afraid of these animals. So, be rest assured,nothing will happen and gradually even the Chinese will be fed up with Pakistan.

AR Jun 24, 2013 02:22pm

Mr Prime Minister! Being a common citizen I am also expressing sorrow. But we expect more than words from you.

raj Jun 24, 2013 02:31pm

For every terrorist killings PMLN and JI blamed the failure of governments giving justifications to protect criminals, now the are the government they must act. As you sow, so shall you reap.

haya Jun 24, 2013 03:05pm

we need result instead of showing sorrow and speeches

atis Jun 24, 2013 03:38pm

Arrest HAFEEZ SAYEED to have a control over terrorism now engulfing Pakistan and thereafter hand over this criminal to INDIA!

AA Jun 24, 2013 04:48pm

Are you even planning to do something about the worsening security condition?! Or this "expressing sorrow" will continue for the next five years as well.

msalvi Jun 24, 2013 05:50pm

@Ashiq Ahmad: But that's all Nawaz can do. All Pakistani politicians do that. They learn to make statements, but no action. Condemning violence will not solve the problem of violence.

Aamir Jun 24, 2013 06:07pm

Dont express sorrow do something...The nation is sick of routine statements..need full action

Aamir Jun 24, 2013 06:19pm

Nawaz Sharif did not have the same words for the June 15 incident in Quetta. Why was that incident not taken up in the cabinet meeting.

Aamir Jun 24, 2013 07:11pm

Mian sahab, you forgot to mention the need for negotiations. Why not offer negotiations to every criminal of Pakistan? That seems like a good idea, isn't it?