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Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif talking to newspersons in Quetta.— Photo by Syed Ali Shah
Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif talking to newspersons in Quetta.— Photo by Syed Ali Shah

QUETTA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday rooting out terrorism and extremism was the first priority of the government and directed the Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) to arrest the perpetrators of the recent bombing targetting the Hazara community to make it a test case.

The premier was on a visit to Quetta two days after a deadly suicide bombing in Hazara town which claimed 30 lives and was accompanied by Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chairman Mehmood Khan Achakzai, DG ISI Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam, the DG Intelligence Bureau (IB), and other top officials.

Speaking to mediapersons after chairing the high level meeting the prime minister said he had come to visit Quetta in order to review the law and order situation and that effective measures were needed to be adopted to restore traditional peace of Balochistan.

Nawaz also met with a tribal delegation of the ethnic Hazara community, which also included the relatives and heirs of the victims of the recent bombing in Quetta targeting the minority community.

He assured the provision of every possible security measures for the Hazara community.

The Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) chief said that every person involved in terrorist activities would be held accountable adding that he had instructed all institutions to deal with criminals with iron hands.

Nawaz also said that all decisions would be implemented upon and that the issue of targeted killings and missing persons in Balochistan would be accounted for.

Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned attack on the bus of a women's university and said if law enforcers worked with the same dedication then peace would be restored in Quetta.

"I have directed ISI and IB officers to arrest the culprits involved in recent bombings to make it as a test case", he said.

The Prime Minister said that terrorism was not acceptable, adding that it was the first priority of his government to wipe out terrorism and extremism.

He further said that the government would approach all political leaders to develop consensus and evolve a joint strategy to root out the curse of terrorism.

He directed all law enforcement agencies to cooperate with provincial government and to increase intelligence-sharing.

"Bringing peace in Quetta is not a big deal since it is a small city", he added.

Strict security measures were adopted by the provincial administration during the visit of premier, and Frontier Corps (FC) and police personnel were deployed on all roads leading to the Governor House.

Comments (24) Closed

Fazal Jul 02, 2013 06:15pm

Let's see if the PM is able to take any concrete measures to curb the continued massacre of the Hazara community or it's just another show-case of diplomacy!

Khadim Abdi Jul 02, 2013 07:20pm

It is a shame how Pakistani Muslims are slaughtered by there own country men for not following,what they belive is right,the govt led by PML (N) should take strict measures to avoid this type of actions in near future or the shias should get united and form there own allience and get into the political system of Pakistan so there voice can be heard but its a sorrow,there are neither Shias or Sunnis there are Punjabi,Sindhi Pathan.

Usman Jul 02, 2013 08:02pm

At least the PM has decided to visit the poor victims of these attacks. The previous government did not even bother to visit the beleaguered city and left it to its devices. That being said, the interior minister has it right that 'with the most security personnel and secret agencies operating in Quetta, it shows an absolute lack of coordination between them on stemming the flow of this violence'. Here is to hoping that this meeting achieves some results.

ranvir Jul 02, 2013 08:14pm

Why Army Chief did not go with the PM ?

ivehadit Jul 02, 2013 08:23pm

It's criminal neglect on the part of law enforcement that these massacres have been carried out regularly with impunity.

Adeel Hasan Jul 02, 2013 08:31pm

I am not going to lie, I am not a NS supporter based on his history as a leader of our country and his closeness towards Zia-ul-haq during the 80s. But I am very surprised by this statement of his. These are the kind of words a leader needs to speak. I am just hoping that these aren't just hollow statements and there is actually something done about to bring the perpertrators to justice.

Bilal Jul 02, 2013 08:40pm

I have been to Hazara town in Quetta. It is such a nice community, I don't know why this is happening to them. Why isn't our government protecting them. Where is the army we supported all our lives...These people need security. Stop this massacre!!!!

Amjad Wyne Jul 02, 2013 08:49pm

Mr. prime minister, you do not say, "make it a test case"... the appropriate wording would be, "make it an example".

A.ABDULLAH Jul 02, 2013 09:05pm

DAWN IS THE BEST NEWS PAPER IN PAKISTAN. BUT THE NEWS IS REPEATED THRICE e.g.the same news is repeated in the late news and again in the "Pakistan news" and during the elction again repeated in the "election 2013".. interviews of political figures should also be a feature. THE PHOTOS OF THE POLITICAL FIGURE IS NOT NECESSARY. SOMTIMES THE NAME IS ENOUGH TO ANNOY

Shahid Jul 02, 2013 09:41pm

its just the symptoms, better for the rout cause to find the lasting solution.

Imtiaz Hydari Jul 02, 2013 09:47pm

Great news. If the authorities do catch the perpetrators of the crimes against the Hazaras in Balochistan, It will be the most positive signal that PMLN under The leadership of Nawaz Sharif is serious about rooting out lawlessness, violence and in particular sectarian related crimes. I wish the PM every success

syed rizvi Jul 02, 2013 10:19pm

So PM now realize that Taliban and it allies are enemy. I thought he said in past the only way to end terrorism is to negotiate with terrorist. I sincerely hope he understand and recognize who the enemy are.


jdshami Jul 02, 2013 11:08pm

Its about time to deal with these criminals.

Son of Army Jul 02, 2013 11:09pm

This will be a true test for NS. Mere words will not be enough. Will he turn a blind eye to the terrorists as in the past hoping they will spare his gov't (big mistake) or will he take strict action against them. Only strong action will control them and force them to come to terms. Lack of action by the gov't and the courts (which have historically let terrorists go free) will result in the terrorists becoming increasingly bold.

Qaiser Bakhtiari Jul 03, 2013 12:18am

The silence by the Pakistanis on this attrocity is deafening. Had this happened in United States, the reaction would have been different with the whole country coming together. Is America a better nation than Pakistan?

G.A. Jul 03, 2013 12:52am

To arrest the culprits agencies have to know who they are. However, unless culprits are arrested and punished severely, bombing will go on unabated.

sajid Jul 03, 2013 02:24am

"Bringing peace in Quetta is not a big deal since it is a small city"

well in that case sir stop talking and do it

muzammil ullah khan Jul 03, 2013 03:05am

On the one hand this moron wants to talk to the PTT and on the other hand he wants the ISI to make an example of the terrorists . If he has any sense in his Nehari dominated brain then he would give a free hand to the Army and constitute Army Courts to handle the menace . Our judiciary neither has the guts nor the determination to award punishments to the terrorists . The CJP is more inclined to search for so called missing persons ,who may have joined the terrorists, and less interested in meting out justice to the criminals nabbed by the law enforcing agencies. We need to streamline the judiciary also which is more inclined to running of the government rather than doing its own job.

Rubyoi Jul 03, 2013 04:46am

" adding that it was the first priority of his government to wipe out terrorism and extremism. "

Mr. PM, only a month ago you said Energy was your first priority. We all were scratching our heads that what electric would do if very same consumer is no longer their to enjoy it. Your administration seems pretty confused about the issue of terrorism. Please do not consult with APC for ideas... they will confuse you like a drunken, just make sure they all agree that terrorism was number one issue. Ask Army chief and ISI to help local law enforcement to taken terrorism. You must choke the lifeline of terrorism; money coming from extortion, ME and through symptomatic Pakistanis must be stopped. Media is really not offering you any help either. Today the biggest head line of the newspapers should be "anti suicide Fatwa" by 50 muftis. Even Dawn did not bother to make it a headline (just a small news in Dawn). Shut down the Muddrassas that support TTP, LJ and terrorist outfits. Confiscate property of the those who rent houses, cars or other resources to terrorists. Shut down the border between Afghanistan and Baluchistan until mess is clear. Ask your lawmakers to pass anti-terrorism law like in US and India which allow special courts and anti-terrorism court to provide swift justice without pressure from political parties and intimidation of judges. Take terrorism back to those who are supporting it. Proxy war must be fought on their turf f not on Pakistan turf.

  Normalize relationship with India ASAP, since India has not only a huge hand in disestablishing Pakistan but India will play a positive role if relationships improve. 

Please make special AT (anti-terrorists) commando police unit,with pays in six figures and send them to UK or USA for training.

Osama Ansari Jul 03, 2013 05:18am

This is what you call lip service! I do not believe Nawaz Sharif has a solution to any of Pakistan's problems rather he would bide his time just like Asif Zardari did for five years, leaving the country in tatters.

The poor and ignorant people would continue to hear these politicians speak at length about the "merits of democracy" and how "democracy" would solve all their woes come 2018, leading to another "election" resulting in the coming-to-power of either PPP or PML-N, thus continuing the game of musical chairs in Pakistani politics.

Democracy itself is a scourge and it can never take a country like Pakistan out of the mess it finds itself in today, since the vast majority of the people are ignorant and do not know what is good and what is bad for them.

Democracy can only thrive in countries where the people are politically aware and can judge between right and wrong.

Ramesh Manghirmalani Jul 03, 2013 05:38am

Well done Mr Prime Minister

Hussain Naqvi Jul 03, 2013 07:29am

A routine lip service extended to the heirs and families of the victims by the PM as usual.In fact they themselves are the sympathisers of the outlaws, otherwis they can stop the terrorists if they want to that.The ruling elites want to negotiate with the terrorists as they are equal share in the writing of the country. Why they do not eliminate them through law enforcing agencies nd armed forces where necessary.

pathanoo Jul 03, 2013 07:56am

Good Luck. Just don't hold your breath. Nawaz Sharif will go after Taliban, sincerely?? If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

Naheed Jul 05, 2013 08:47am

@Qaiser Bakhtiari: Of course it is.