Sharif tells ISI to work to bring peace to Quetta

Islamabad, July 3 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Miniter Nawaz Sharif has ordered the country’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to bring the perpetrators behind certain terrorist activities in the city of Quetta to book.

Speaking to the media Tuesday after attending a high-level meeting in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, Sharif said that he has directed all agencies to cooperate with the Balochistan in bringing back peace to the city.”Establishing peace in a city of 20 streets and 20 markets shouldn” be so difficult,” local media quoted him as saying.Sharif’s visit to Quetta took place two days after a suicide attack claimed 30 lives in the Hazara Town neighbourhood of the city. The area has seen a series of terrorist acts since January this year

The prime minister was accompanied by Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, ISI Director-General Zaheerul Islam and some other senior officials.

Stating that the incidents of terrorism in the city were highly regrettable, he said that such incidents were neither tolerable for the federal governmwnt nor for the provincial government.

Sharif also said that he would ensure that the best of police officers were appointed in Balochistan.The province of Balochistan is also witness to people going missing under musterious circumstances and the general public there allege that such people are in the custody of security agencies.

The prime minister also said that, on his return from his upcoming visit to China, he would call a meeting of all political parties to discuss the various problems the country was facing.

He directed the ISI and the IB to take the Hazara Town incident as a test case and arrest the culprits behind it.

“From Gwadar to Khyber, we will improve the situation of the country,” “harif said.

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