Army chief announces safe city project for Parachinar: DG ISPR

Published: June 30, 2017
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Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. PHOTO: ISPR

Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. PHOTO: ISPR

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who visited Parachinar on Friday, has announced a ‘safe city project’ for the city, where recent sectarian violence has claimed over 70 lives so far.

“Additional troops have arrived in Parachinar. As the safe city project has been announced, progress will soon be made in this regard,” the Inter-Services Public Relations said on Friday.

“All Pakistanis are equal. We are above any sects. We are Pakistanis and Muslims,” the ISPR quoted the army chief as saying, said that the nation had to collectively defeat terrorism through unity and “we will succeed in doing so.”

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During his visit, Gen Qamar was briefed about the security situation and updated on the Parachinar incident. His visit was earlier postponed because of bad weather.

People began a sit-in at Shaheed Park, Parachinar, soon after the two bombs went off on Friday evening, as shoppers were out buying supplies in preparation for the breaking of the fast on one of the last days of the holy month of Ramazan. At least 75 people were killed and many more wounded when the bombs ripped through the busy marketplace crowded with shoppers.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced Rs1 million compensation for the families of every victim of the twin blasts, and Rs500,000 for the wounded, but the protesters dismissed that, saying “we need to be recognised as human beings first”.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Sheikh Sa'adi
    Jun 30, 2017 - 11:59AM

    Time for another ‘Blockade’.

    Perhaps.Recommend

  • Alpha1
    Jun 30, 2017 - 12:09PM

    For PML-N, Pakistan is equal to Punjab. They gave 2M for every dead person and 1M to every injured as compensation for oil tanker blast. For Parachinar, the amount is half as much. I am not putting a price on human life, but this gesture speaks volumes of what PML-N really is… Recommend

  • Javaid Randhawa
    Jun 30, 2017 - 2:08PM

    Still majority of people trust army rather political mafia. I am sure that revenge will be taken for loss of innocent lives.Recommend

  • Farru
    Jun 30, 2017 - 2:47PM

    The issue was completely mishandled. It was not a sectarian issue, it was and still is a security and humanitarian issue. Unfortunately, the authorities dragged it too much and now it looks like it has turned into a sectarian issue.Recommend

  • Pnpuri
    Jun 30, 2017 - 3:17PM

    People of Pakistan have no trust in civilian government Recommend

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