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.
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.