QUETTA: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan -- who arrived in Quetta on Sunday to join the protesting families of those who died in Thursday's attack -- said that terrorism “can be wiped out in 90 days.”
This is not the first time Khan has made a 90-day claim. He has previously said that the PTI can eradicate corruption in three months if voted into power.
Khan said that PTI was very clear on the matter of terrorism:
“Some terrorists can be brought to the negotiation table, while others will have to be dealt with guns.”
Khan arrived in the provincial capital to express solidarity with the protesting families, who have been staging a sit-in at Alamdar Road, where hundreds of protesters have gathered since Friday near the snooker hall that was the scene of Thursday’s twin suicide attacks, alongside 86 coffins carrying the victims’ shrouded bodies.
Khan said the incumbent government did not care about anyone, except for itself.
“There is absolutely no future of Pakistan under this government. People are fleeing Balochistan, given the current situation of security,” he said.
Khan added that the government was not doing anything, but “minting money” for financing their elections campaigns.
The PTI chief said that governor rule should be imposed in Balochistan and that, if the governor agrees, the army should be called in to control the situation.
Consoling the relatives, Khan said that the whole country was with them in this moment of grief. He said that the government of Balochistan should immediately step down.
“The ones who oppress you, inflict violence upon you are not Muslims, nor humans,” said PTI chief.
Quetta protests continue
Even 36 hours after the deaths of their loved ones, the families say they will not bury their dead unless the army takes control of the provincial capital and protects members of their sect from vigilante-style wings of extremist groups.
Banned militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the bombings, which took place in an area dominated by the Hazara community and killed 102 people, with over 200 wounded.
Demonstrations are expected to pour in key cities, including Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar.