Eye for an eye: Nisar says violence will be met with violence

Published: June 16, 2013
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Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
PHOTO: INP

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. PHOTO: INP

QUETTA: Stressing that the new government wants to ensure peace throughout the country, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Sunday that the state will negotiate with those willing to talk but those bent on using violence will get a similar response.

Nisar was addressing a press conference along with Balochistan chief minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch in Quetta

Balochistan witnessed a day of bloodshed on June 15 as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi massacred 28 people in the long-suffering city of Quetta in an attack that involved bombing inside a women university and exchange of fire at a hospital.

Also on the same day, Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) attacked Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s residence in Ziarat, leaving it in ruins.

The interior minister said the nation is fighting a “kind of war” and that everyone must take part, especially the media.

Nisar also announced a gallantry award for Deputy Commissioner Abdul Mansoor Khan Kakar who died in the Quetta attack.

The interior minister said that the Balochistan-related decisions – to be announced soon – will assure people that the PML-N-led government means business in the province.

Not revealing the plans, Nisar said they will be new and transparent and will be implemented with stakeholders’ consent.

Ziarat residency

Nisar reiterated government’s resolve to restore the residence to its former glory.

“We want to rebuild the Quaid’s house in three months, however, the engineers will be able to give the exact time-frame for its complete restoration,” he said.

The interior minister also said that he has asked his officers to talk to the provincial governments to make a plan to protect all the national monuments.

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  • Sonya
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:19PM

    But aren’t these extremists voted for PML N, Mr Interior Minister – how can you make your voters unhappy.

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  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:22PM

    The interior minister said the nation
    is fighting a “kind of war” and that
    everyone must take part, especially
    the media.

    Oh come on Minister … This ‘kind of war’ and the warriors of Lej , Jaish Muhammadi et al were hobnobbing with your colleagues and party fellows in your Punjab Gov until last year !

    This ‘kind of war’ which has been going on for well over a decade gets sympathy, sympathisers and supporters from your party colleagues, from ‘powers-to-be’, from the indoctrinated common man on the street and the religious clergy !

    These people roam around with police protection and conduct large scale processions within Islamabad and beyond with impunity.

    These ‘kind of warriors’ find sympathy within the mainstream media and within the judiciary that is more concerned about ‘suo-motos’ then jailing these murderers.

    This ‘kind of war’ is signalling the death knell for this nation – The writing is on the wall ! Obliterate these scumbags or perish yourself ! Pakistanis need to decide !

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  • Utkarsh Srivastava
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:29PM

    Pakistan should wipe out terrorist groups including those that target india like LeT. There is no point in promoting terrorism even if it against India

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  • Haseeb Khan
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:32PM

    Please go to Quetta and get a first hand account of the carnage.This killing has to stop before things get really out of hand.The nation is with you.Pakistan comes First

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  • Saan
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:33PM

    Mr. Nisar: What about Lashker-e-Jhangvi’s Malik Ishaq??

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  • Kanwal
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:34PM

    First sane response! They deserve guns and guns only if they dont stop. I dont care how many of this cancerous militancy die, as long as they die. No sympathy for such killers in my faith. Terrorists and rapists deserve death sentences. And these terrorists are raping my religion every single day over and over again.

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  • jibran
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:38PM

    Lets see when you arrest and prosecute a single terrorist of LeJ. Enough of empty lip service.

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  • Adnan
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:50PM

    Nothing will happen. Business as usual.

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  • ahmad
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:51PM

    We support Nisar’s strategy of “Violence will be met with violence”. One addition is suggested; be proactive and not reactive. Most crucial and war winning part is to be played by our intelligence agencies. We need to attack them before they attack us and that is possible only if our intelligence agencies are provided with latest technology, resources and skills. Mr Interior Minister we cannot win this war with human intelligence only. We know how CIA is operating. Why cant be draw some lessons out of it.

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  • frank
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:52PM

    there is a big difference between the BLA and the TTP. the TTP are religious fanatics and terrorists and there is nothing to discuss with them. however the baloch cause is just. give balochistan its rights or let it go.

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  • Ryder
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:54PM

    Another Rehman Malik in the making….

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  • J
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:57PM

    The real solution lies with the development of Balochistan…. Social, economic development then gradually other problem will be solved…..

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  • Jun 16, 2013 - 6:00PM

    yes tit for tate.Courts have done nothing.

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  • Mir
    Jun 16, 2013 - 6:10PM

    Talk Talk no action, want to negotiate and pass another 5 years ,good thinking .

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  • Aviator
    Jun 16, 2013 - 6:20PM

    When will the government and Taliban sympathisers realise that these violent terrorists do not want peace, they only want the complete surrender of the Pakistani state and Pakistani society, nothing less.

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  • Vlad Singh
    Jun 16, 2013 - 6:50PM

    It’s too late for Pakistan now . Pakistan is caught in proxy war in which it played its role with U.S in Afghanistan against U.S.S.R. It’s easy for Pakistan to take credit for destroying U.S.S.R but it didn’t knew then that same war will come back to bite Pakistan . The lure of easy money (dollars) have made Pakistan economic slave of U.S.A . Same mistake is being repeated again while giving China charge of strategic assets, It never takes much time in murky world of politics to turn today’s friends into future foes(China) . It’s really sad to see Pakistan getting destroyed , I hope people of Pakistan wakes up as nothing short of social revolution can save Pakistan now .

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  • Lifetalk
    Jun 16, 2013 - 6:54PM

    Negotiate with terrorists who lay down their arms? No. Coax these terrorists into laying down their arms first with promises of negotiation. Once they come to the table, lock the rooms and then slit their throats one by one while you make their companions watch.

    These less than animals deserve nothing less than a sticky ending of the same sort that they are so intent on bringing to the innocent people.

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  • Ajaz Haque
    Jun 16, 2013 - 6:55PM

    All talk and no action.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jun 16, 2013 - 6:55PM

    I had a feeling after NS’s recent statements that he would like to wipe out the terrorists by force but his hands are tied to some extent. I think that his pre-election statements are just for electioneering. If all political parties support NS, Pakistan can win.

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  • Enlightened
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:07PM

    Action speaks louder than words which would seen by all Pakistanis in the coming months.

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  • Imtiaz
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:09PM

    I hope this is not a start of vigilantism so that everyone and anyone can deal with people they don’t like under the guise of ‘dealing with terrorism’ just like the blasphemy law.

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  • ashar
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:11PM

    This can be a point of view for the situation of Baluchistan, that many operations carried out there but failed to achieve objectives envisaged, why? Because they were not carried out in their true letter and spirit. Half measures are not going to bring any result.

    God bless Hasan Nasir who once tried to turn arid Baluchistan into lush area but brutally murdered in an ambush somewhere there.

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  • suhaib
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:15PM

    earlier i used to think musharaf did wrong by killing bugti but now i believe he was a terrorist and terrorists of any kind should be punished and these insurgents deserve worst carnage in response!

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  • umar
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:15PM

    No more lip service please. LeJ leaders and activists need to be proactively hunted down and brought to justice – dead or alive. And Mr. Minister, this also applies to the LeJ hub in Punjab!

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  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:23PM

    The battle of Nahrawan could be considered a guide.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:26PM

    Violence does not bring peace, but separation! The Baluchis and the Pashtuns shake hands with friends with two hands! One to offer friendship, the secon to ecive frienship. Mr Nisar Ali Khan is offering two hands as well one o peace and the other of violence. This is bound for a failure andd follows the American style, let us negotiate but all options are on the table!

    This is a threat not a peaceoffer: The minister should seek another post in the forest department. The minister of Interior shoul act rather than speak!

    Rex Minor

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  • ali ahmed
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:29PM

    the only solulion is in Army operation in Punjab against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi….punjab is the nursery for the malitants

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  • ashar
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:48PM

    @Rex Minor:
    Agreed, desperation has no place in his job.

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  • Mazher Mehboob
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:58PM

    An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind

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  • Wizarat
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:09PM

    I wish you and your party PML-N would have done the same as you want the others to do, we may not have this problem. Musharraf would have taken care of them long time ago, but you and your party were using them for point scoring, never cared for the safety of Pakistanis, never did anything to stop Targeted killings of intellectuals or Doctors of the community.
    Now deal with it with an iron hand, time to kill all the snakes that you and your party created for self serving reasons.

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  • Wizarat
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:10PM

    Bring back the death penalty for terrorism as the first step.

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  • Aaj ka sabaq
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:33PM

    There are mainly two ethno-linguistics groups of the Pakistanis 1: Ind-Aryans( Punjabi and Sindhi ) and 2: Eastern Iranians ( Pathan and Baloch ). So if Eastern Iranians embrace the culture of Indo-Aryans which is more inclined towards Indian culture ( Hindus and Sikhs ) we may become an introvert nation with less regards for the outsiders and less hospitable , extremely fragile and cunning attitude towards one another. Moreover more sinister Hindus traditions will creep into our pure Islamic values. But if our Indo-Aryans brother embrace the culture of Pathan and Baloch our only problem to deal with will be gun culture, which can easily be dealt with strict police and other legal systems. Our hearts will become bigger for our fellow Pakistanis, and our horizon and thoughts will be broaden. We will easily accomodate the foreigners and foreign investment. Our female will feel more secure and we may be able to laugh at our short comings even. We will become more forgiving to our Pakistani brothers and will keep Pakistan and Pakistanis above all of other nationalities and interests.

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  • vish
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:04PM

    @Saan:
    No government in Pakistan has balls under them to handle, Malik / Hafeez / Azar Mahsood

    forget about arresting them, the day these monsters arrested, pakistan enjoys real democracy with powerful people support.

    question is here is who has the balls?

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  • Rule of Law
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:42PM

    PMLN Government seems quite serious in resolving the Balochistan Crisis.
    Letting Dr Malik as CM and Achakzai as Governor, despite PMLN being the largest party in Balochistan, Mian Nawaz Sharif has won the hearts of millions of Pakistanis.
    The Prime Minister has acknowledged “missing persons” problem, which has been openly denied by his predecessors in PPP & under dictator Musharraf.
    The entire nation is eyeing on PMLN to resolve Balochistan’s problems. PMLN will deliver InshaAllah

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  • Umer
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:50PM

    Nisar says violence will be met with violence

    So why not use the same technique against your beloved Taliban?

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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:00PM

    violence will be met with violence………………. the most popular mother-language of the masses!

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  • Usman786
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:01PM
  • Rex Minor
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:27PM

    @Umer:
    @goggi (Lahore):

    Nisar is out on his weak limb; Nawaz Sharif has the vision! If he fails to unite several Nations into One, then we shall witness the repeat of Histoy.

    Rex Minor

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:44PM

    @goggi (Lahore)
    And I can assure you sir, God the almighty one never disappoints the wish of masses!!!

    Rex Minor

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  • Farhan
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:00AM

    @Aaj ka sabaq:

    Your opinion is as twisted as your knowledge of history.

    Iranians and sub-continentals are part of the same culture 2 millennia ago. Read the behistun inscription here at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FulltranslationoftheBehistun_Inscription

    You’ll find it surprisingly similar to Sanskrit

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  • AASIA SOHAIL
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:50AM

    You can only react against poor souls reacting due to outage and can do lathi charge, use teargas shells instead of having sympathies with them. You can not say an eye for an eye in this case. They are your supporters, As far as the statement of Akram Shah is concerned he has shocked whole the nation by giving it.
    To him Ziarat Residency reminds him of British Rules, to whole nation your big and huge palaces, you day to day growing businesses remind us of British Rule and of East India Company.
    We will see when you will take action against these mentally sick people.

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jun 17, 2013 - 4:54PM

    @Mazher Mehboob: Blind is better than corpses ! evey man learns to live with his/her impairment, but dead bodies ???????????

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jun 17, 2013 - 5:08PM

    Where is Mr.Rana Sanaullah ?????????

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 18, 2013 - 4:37PM

    @Wizarat:

    I will suggest to the PM your name for the Ineior Minister os if nisar khan does not deliver in 100 days and bring peace in the land!! In a democracy the PM should try everthing to restore peace at the end.

    Rex Minor

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