PM, army chief attend security meeting following Quetta attack

Published: October 25, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif attended on Tuesday a high-level meeting on security at the Governor House in Quetta.

The premier and the army chief reached the capital city of Balochistan, a day after militants attacked the police training college.

The premier, who cancelled all his scheduled appointments for Tuesday, was accompanied by National Security Adviser Lt-Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, provincial Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti and other provincial ministers received the prime minister at the Quetta Airport.

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Meanwhile, Gen Raheel was accompanied with DG ISI Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar and DG MI Major General Nadeem Zaki Manj, he visited the police training college where he met police officials, army and Frontier Corps troops who carried out the operation last night to clear the area and eliminate the attackers.

The COAS appreciated the morale, courage and determination of security personnel for preventing further damage and saving several lives.

The army chief along with Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, among others, also attended the funeral prayers of those killed in the attack.

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Army chief announces gallantry awards for soldiers killed during Quetta attack: ISPR

During his visit to Quetta, General Raheel announced gallantry awards for Captain Roohullah Shaheed and Naib Subedar Muhammad Ali for their valiant action during the anti-terror operations at Police Training College Monday night. Captain Roohullah was killed in the operation, while Muhammad Ali sustained injuries.

Captain Roohallah. PHOTO: ISPR

Having neutralised one suicide bomber, the two cornered the second bomber, helping large number of police recruits escape till the attacker exploded himself. Captain Roohallah has been awarded Tamgha-e-Jurat, while Naib Subedar Ali Tamgha-e-Basalat.

Naib Subedar Muhammad Ali. PHOTO: ISPR

Three terrorists on late Monday night, entered the New Sariab Police Training College, some 13 kilometres away from Quetta city. They headed straight for the hostel where police recruits were sleeping.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti told reporters assembled at the site early Tuesday that the sprawling compound had been attacked by three militants equipped with suicide jackets, revising down an earlier estimate of “five to six” assailants.

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“They first targeted the watch tower sentry, and after exchanging fire killed him and were able to enter the academy grounds,” he said. “At least 20 were killed but this figure isn’t final – we’ll confirm it in the morning,” he said.

Major General Sher Afgan, chief of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Balochistan, which led the counter-operation, said “the attack was over in around three hours after we arrived.”

He added that the militants belonged to the Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group – which is affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban. “They were in communication with operatives in Afghanistan,” he said. The group itself has not claimed the attack.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • M. Emad
    Oct 25, 2016 - 11:32AM

    Successful ‘War on Terror’ !Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 25, 2016 - 12:53PM

    It looks like India has succeeded in making Afghanistan its ‘ strategic depth ‘ ally……..and using it for terrorist attacks. Recommend

  • Yasser
    Oct 25, 2016 - 2:12PM

    PM Modi warned Pakistan on Balochistan and it happened again. But Pakistan cannot fight it’s case internationally until it has strong intelligence. Recommend

  • Shahid
    Oct 25, 2016 - 2:43PM

    Where is the accountability of our macho General Raheel Shareef? Army has to take responsibility for this security failure. This is shameful that only 3 jihadis could kill our 61 jawans.Recommend

  • Swapnil
    Oct 25, 2016 - 2:56PM

    how Quetta Shura can not protect?Recommend

  • nadeem
    Oct 25, 2016 - 3:15PM

    As Hillary had said, you cannot keep snakes in your backyard and hope they will only attack the neighbors.Recommend

  • Bol
    Oct 25, 2016 - 4:21PM

    Innalillahi… Any dharna against these enemies of the state? They are the real potent danger.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 25, 2016 - 6:14PM

    Let us pray to God, the creator of the universe and everything in it!! The army undertakes operations as a reaction but have no quick intelligent solutions to curb the insurgency, on the contrary it fuels insurgency with its operations turning regular residents into IDP’s. This is the kind of distraction the PM needed to prevent Imran the great to start up his agitation season.

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