Writing on the walls: Quetta police to investigate graffiti supporting IS

Quetta police chief dismisses presence of IS in the city


Shezad Baloch November 13, 2014

QUETTA: Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that they are investigating graffiti sprayed on to various walls in Quetta in support of Islamic State (IS) militants.

“It’s not serious, but law enforcing agencies are not ignorant,” Cheema told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.

He further claimed that there is no presence of IS in Quetta, echoing similar claims by the Interior Minister earlier in the week.

“Police are investigating the people who carried out the wall chalking,” Cheema said.

Addressing the issue of bombings and target killings in Quetta, the city's police chief said that a sketch of the target killer has been issued by the authorities.

“The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility. The police will not just act on the claims made by the BLA, but will carry out its own investigation into the killings as well,” he said.

The Quetta police chief had a few complaints of his own as well.

“Police are overburdened in Quetta because they are deployed for the security of the chief minister, governor and other dignitaries. Now police are also deployed with anti-polio campaigners. We need more police personnel,” Cheema said, adding that the provincial government had approved their request of recruiting more officers.

The police chief also said that there would be 100 motorcycle mounted police officers in Quetta by the end of this week.

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