PM orders targeted operation in Quetta

PM removes Inspector general (IG) Balochistan Umer Khitab.


Web Desk February 19, 2013
Members of various non-governmental organisations hold placards and the image of a victim during a protest against bomb blasts a day earlier in Quetta, in Islamabad. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has announced a targeted operation in Quetta against terrorists, Express News reported.

The Prime Minister's order comes after the exertion of great pressure on the government by the Supreme Court and the rallying masses.

The operation is said to be starting from today.

The prime minister also removed Inspector general (IG) Balochistan Umer Khitab and ordered officer Muhammad Mubeen to take office as Deputy inspector general (DIG) investigations and IG Fyaaz Sumbul as DIG operations Quetta.

A six man parliamentary group, led by Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, arrived in Quetta in a short while ago to determine the details of the bombings and to convince the survivors and victims to bury their dead.

Earlier today, Chief Justice said, "action should have been taken against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) long time ago."

At this time, no final decision has been taken about handing over Quetta to the army. Presently, the security responsibilities of the city lie with the Frontier Corps (FC).

Other political parties such as Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen and others have termed the government incompetent and demanded swift action.

Hazaras have been demanding a targeted operation against those propagating sectarian violence in Balochistan, since the last Quetta bombing on Alumdar road last year.

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COMMENTS (18)

Khadim Karrar | 8 years ago | Reply

Express Tribune: Please print this comment: Targeted operation is not only needed in Quetta but also in all the major cities of Pakistan, including Karachi where terrorists have killed Ulema. Though unjustified and condemnable, there seems to be a cause and effect relationship between the Karachi and the Quetta killings. Both are senseless and should be condemned by all and sundry. Terrorists of all hues and of all political and religious affiliations should be caught and brought to justice without fear or favor.

Khadim Karrar | 8 years ago | Reply

Targeted operation is not only needed in Quetta but also in all the major cities of Pakistan, including Karachi where terrorists have killed Ulema. There seems to be a cause and effect relationship between the Karachi and the Quetta killings. Both are senseless and should be condemned by all and sundry. Terrorists of all hues and of all political and religious affiliations should be caught and brought to justice without fear or favor.

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