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“We are not scared of them at all and will fight them until the last bullet,” said Balochistan CM Dr Abdul Malik Baloch. – File Photo
“We are not scared of them at all and will fight them until the last bullet,” said Balochistan CM Dr Abdul Malik Baloch. – File Photo

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch Saturday vowed that the government would not bow down before the terrorists and continue fight against them till their elimination.

He was talking to the families of victim officials of the Quetta Police Lines tragedy here.

At least 40 members of the police force, including a DIG and SP, were killed and 60 others injured on Thursday when a lone suicide bomber penetrated through a strict security cordon placed around the Police Lines (a residential compound meant for the city police) and blew himself up, causing one of the worst tragedies for the Balochistan police force.

Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lt. Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, provincial ministers Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal and Nawab Mohammad Khan Shawani, and Inspector General of Police Balochistan Mushtaq Sukhera were also present on the occasion.

The chief minister said the government was mindful of the threats and ready to take the terrorists head on. “We are not scared of them at all and will fight them until the last bullet,” he resolved.

He said the terrorists would not be allowed to reign in Quetta, which was, he said an identity of the province. The chief minister paid tribute to the martyred police officials and assured the families of every possible assistance.

He asked the IG Balochistan police to keep the force's morale high to counter the terrorists’ strategy of demoralising law enforcement agencies by taking them on.

“The police force is not alone in their fight rather they have the complete support of the government and the public,” the CM said and appreciated performance of the force against the miscreants.

Referring to the Police Line tragedy, he described it as a reaction to successes of the law enforcement agencies, which had managed to arrest several members of the terrorist outfits in recent days.

Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister Lt. Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch assured every possible support on behalf of the federal government.

“The federal government will provide the latest security equipment, gadgets and funds as demanded by the provincial government,” he added.

Referring to the Bannu and D I Khan jailbreaks, attacks on ISI office in Sukkur and Balochistan IGP's residence, he said the terrorists were bold enough that they attacked and got freed their imprisoned accomplices.

He said the Police Line tragedy indicated that Balochistan had emerged as the second battlefield after the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

The Taliban could now only be defeated through a tough fighting, he said and added that for the purpose, the law enforcing agencies should be fully prepared to counter the threat and properly man the Pak-Afghan border.

The minister said he had visited residences of several victims of the tragedy to convey sympathies of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to their families.

Comments (16) Closed

Agha Ata Aug 10, 2013 09:50pm

Not even the army? And when you say the governemnt will go on fighting, do you mean that police officers would go on being killed, and the army . . (never mind)

A. N. Baloch Aug 10, 2013 10:01pm

Dr. Sahib , what part of "CHICKEN CAME HOME TO ROOST" you dont understand? Those who were trained and groomed to nuetralize the Baloch Nationalists are turned on their own? Give yourself another year or two, notorious Shafiq Mengal will become Chief Minister of Balochistan. He is the stooge of Establishment and involved in kill and dump of young Baloch men all over the province.

Manish Gupte, PhD Aug 10, 2013 10:04pm

Is someone from outside creating trouble there? India-Pakistan-Iran-Afganistan-The West trade stabilizes the region! Work creates wealth.

Syed Aug 10, 2013 10:06pm

This is what the people of Pakistan and Baluchistan wants, fight the terrorist to their complete elemination, government should not negotiate with the weak though deadly enemy. Pakistani are brave people specially Baluchees they are brave and patriotic they are with Pakiastan and Pakistan is with them. My Salute to the brave jawans of Baluchistan police who sacrificed their life in the line of duty.

Zeeshan sheikh Aug 10, 2013 10:30pm

i don't know the reason behind all these attacks but one thing i do know is when you suppress your own people and denies them with basic fundamental rights events like this are bound to occur. now this should not be an excuse to carry out attacks on innocents but one needs to sat down and formulate a plan how to deal with these scenarios. i also understands these gifts are hereditary for present government but again if someone is honest and sincere to resolve these issue then you don't need a week or a month to formulate a plan. bring all the power player's and formulate a plan in matter of hours and implement them but again we have a lack of conviction to resolve these matter's . another thing which blows my mind is these terrorist can come and do willingligy what ever they want for hour's and no one shows courage to meet them head on. i mean come'on seriously, in US if someone decide to put others life in danger police shows up in the matter of minutes and in our country we leave the life of our innocent citizens in the hands of these murderers for hours? also we need to change our India centric policy. our obsession with India has led us to loose east Pakistan and we haven't learn any lesson from the history and continued our selves on the devastating path. if a country like srilanka can eliminate Tamil tigers than we are far more blessed with the resources, what we lack is the conviction and the determination to implement and eradicate this cancer which has grown in the minds of our young's. salam-alaikum

Amjad Wyne Aug 10, 2013 10:53pm

Mr. Governor, you have said the right words - it is now time to act so words would have meaning. Not bowing down does not mean to get killed like sitting ducks.

Siddique Malik Aug 10, 2013 11:07pm

Soon after assuming the office of the chief minister of Balochistan, Mr. Baloch proved that he is not capable of taking a principled stand on an issue. He dismissed the police officer who was simply upholding a rule -- that is, no armed individual should enter the premises of the provincial assembly. Mr. Baloch's explanation of the dismissal was absurd. He said that the minister whose personal guards were the issue had tribal rivalries.

By admitting that his police force could not protect the minister within the said premises, Mr. Baloch admitted his own failure. The police never said that it was unable to do this job. He just assumed it. Instead of dismissing the police officer in question, Mr. Baloch should have resigned from his post for indirectly admitting his failure.

Now he says he is going to take a stand against terrorists. I don't believe him. Unprincipled people cannot do any thing big. If he could not take a stand against tribal mentality of his own minister, how is he going to crush the terrorists. It's just empty talk. If he reinstates the police officer and apologizes to him and the people, it will show that Mr. Baloch has the courage to stand for truth and justice after all. One might then believe he has the courage to crush terrorists. Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Now

Yahya Aug 10, 2013 11:58pm

We can win this fight only when we have clear set goals in mind, and make sure we have the public support, without any clear goal this is a losing fight even with good intentions. May Allah give us the guidance in all our decisions. Ameen

Taimur Aug 11, 2013 12:33am

Where the comments? why don u post comments?

Naseem Altaf Aug 11, 2013 01:12am

Both the C.M., & the Fed. Min. fully represented the sentiments of the nation. We must tell the perpetrators that we have no option but to fight them and fight them with everything at our disposal. We cannot do otherwise. Even if some of them started on this path initially because of genuine or perceivably genuine greviences ( and we sympathized with them in our hearts or stood with them in times of their hurt and distress) but such wanton killings and playing into the hands of blind misguided terrorists is not the remedy of their ( and nation's ) situation now. We must protect the citizenry , and all the members of this nation from any threat to their life,property,and wellbeing ; and ensure justice and all human rights to everybody ; but sure, the immediate priority of security -for -all must not be forgotten,in any case.

American Aug 11, 2013 05:08am

Better keep a few of those last bullets in your shirt pocket...the rest will be gone soon.

Krishna Aug 11, 2013 07:54am

Do you have a short term and long term plan to address the root causes, the guts to enforce law in ungovernable areas within Baluchistan and see your writ is enforced effectively and efficiently? Please spell the specifics so that people get some confidence in your ministry and government.

Khanm Aug 11, 2013 10:13am

You call them terrorist they claim to be freedom fighter. This nation is totally lost. We need to define what is what

dr vimal raina Aug 11, 2013 11:01am

The chief minister runs the risk of being labelled a traitor some day aka what happened to JI leaders in Bangladesh. Beware.

M J Syed Aug 11, 2013 11:44am

Laeeq,NY Aug 11, 2013 07:07pm

Pakistan has lost its war against terrorists. A government which has no policy against terrorism, how it will fight against this evil. We are unable to figure out whether war against terrorism is our war or war of the United States of America . Until we are confused regarding this decision, we are at the defensive front against this war. Our police has no value or training against these well equipped and well trained terrorists. Pakistan need to develope a rapid action anti terrorist and counter intelligence forces to root out this cancer from the Pakistani soil. Otherwise there is no way out and innocent people will continue to be slaughtered and police and para military forces will keep loosing their lives. Calling it a foreign war is accepting our defeat against this menace.