PM orders targeted operation in Quetta

Published: February 19, 2013
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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

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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Reader Comments (18)

  • Obama
    Feb 19, 2013 - 1:03PM

    Nothing is going to happen…just another eyewash. Take my words.

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  • Zameer Shaikh
    Feb 19, 2013 - 1:11PM

    Not until the safe havens of terrorists in Punjab & FATA are eliminated there can be an end to this genocide.

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Feb 19, 2013 - 1:37PM

    Transferring IG Police is not the solution of the matter. He should be held responsible being failure of police force in Balochistan.

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  • gp65
    Feb 19, 2013 - 2:05PM

    “PM orders targeted operation in Quetta”
    The operation needs to be in Jhang.

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  • RKM
    Feb 19, 2013 - 2:09PM

    Announced operation? Is this a Benazir Income Support Programme that he has to announce. Order the forces to rip them apart.

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  • Ajamal
    Feb 19, 2013 - 2:24PM

    “Presently, the security responsibilities of the city lie with the Frontier Corps (FC)”, yet he sacks IG of Police!!!

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  • Syed Mohammad Mosevi
    Feb 19, 2013 - 3:23PM

    19-02-2013

    Press Release

    Mosevi condemns killing of Hazara people.

    Syed Mohammad Mosevi, Former Chairmen Jirga Sahadat, President Pakistan Hazara Sport Federation and Chairman Hazara Society of Norway has strongly condemned the killings of Hazara people in a terrorist hit in Quetta, and blamed the government for utter failure in discharging its duty of protection of the citizens of Pakistan.

    Although generally all the Shias were the target of terrorists, the Persian-speaking people of this community were particularly being targeted since 14 years, while the government till date had adopted no measure to ensure their safety, despite the fact that it was not the first such incident. Syed Mosevi said a number of terrorist attacks had taken place in the past, wherein the Shias were the target.

    He expressed concern that neither the federal nor the provincial government had taken notice of this fact and tried to fathom the motive behind the killings of the Persian-speaking Shias.

    Mosevi said after the killing of more than 80 people of the Hazara community on January 10 this year, the government should have initiated measures to curb the recurrence of such incidents, but then the Governor’s Rule was enforced in Balochistan to appease the aggrieved people, while no concrete step was taken to root out the menace.

    S. M. Mosevi said the people of Balochistan asked the federal government why it did not regard them as human beings and left them at the mercy of terrorists and miscreants.

    He also said that over the last many years, the situation in Balochistan had been smoldering due to the acts of terrorism. If the government continued to sleep over this gory situation, there would be no time to control it and set things right, he said while asking the government to wake up and take immediate stock of the situation.

    SM. Mosevi said the absence of government’s writ was fast disappointing the people of Balochistan about the rulers who as such could become the first target of the agitated people if they ran out of patience and failed to get any other remedy to their problem.Recommend

  • Z.Khan
    Feb 19, 2013 - 3:27PM

    Another broad brush to silence the protesting Hazaras. After burial the matter will be to square one as all is eye wash and no one wants matter to be resolved.

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  • Babablacksheep
    Feb 19, 2013 - 4:11PM

    he announced the same thing before and what happened after that we all know

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  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Feb 19, 2013 - 4:19PM

    Yes , No one want the matter to be resolved otherwise the order would have been that all members of L e_ jhangvi should lay down their arm by 24 hr or be ready to die not only in Quata but where ever they are in the coyntry .

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  • Feb 19, 2013 - 4:44PM

    @ Zameer Sheikh

    You are correct. But the Punjab Chief Minister does not accept the presence of TTP Punjab chapter despite their Public Relation efforts in print media via e- mail. He will even ignore the e-mail of Maulan Asmat Ullah TTP Chief Punjab Chapter sent to senior media persons early January with follow up phone calls by Ahsan Ullah Ahsan, the TTP spokesman.

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  • Ali
    Feb 19, 2013 - 4:45PM

    Our police is not for protection. All of them should be fired and you will see that the situation will get better.

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  • Stranger
    Feb 19, 2013 - 4:50PM

    Whats the use . How is that one man responsible ?

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  • Khawaja M Hassan
    Feb 19, 2013 - 5:05PM

    No announcement needed at this this. Not only people of Quetta but people of whole Pakistan wants clean sweep of terrorists from country. Army should take command and should do a major operation in Balochistan Sindh Punjab and KPK. If we look at the facts, it is not hidden from anyone what Army is doing. No doubt army is playing vital role on borders but at this time internal threats are far more alarming and dangerous from exterior threats. Assemblies should pass consent to army for this major issuee of Balochistan. Unfortunately if this Peaceful strike of Hazara Community turned into voilence then what could happen no one knows.

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  • Truth detector
    Feb 19, 2013 - 5:14PM

    PM orders targeted operation in Quetta

    What’s the hurry? :->

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  • Syed
    Feb 19, 2013 - 6:35PM

    Why was this not done after 100 people were killed few weeks back. Why another 90 something people had to die for them to start some sort of operation. What is really wrong with these people in power? Do they not fear Allah? They are all going to be accountable to God.

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  • Khadim Karrar
    Feb 19, 2013 - 10:23PM

    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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  • Khadim Karrar
    Feb 19, 2013 - 10:56PM

    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.

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