Quetta Attack, terrorists came from Afghanistan

QUETTA: The assailants had come from Afghanistan and were in contact with their handlers in the neighboring country, Prime Minister Nawaz sharif was told here on Tuesday, the prime minister said the issue would be taken up with Afghanistan.


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif were among the senior government and military functionaries who rushed to the provincial capital as soon as horrors of the devastating attack on the Police Training College, Quetta. During the course of the day, they attended the funeral of those killed in the terrorist attack and visited hospital to inquire after the injured.


The most worthwhile engagement of the day was a meeting at which they discussed the attack, its implications and the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) as well as a plan aimed at making Quetta a safe city.


At the meeting, which was also attended by Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri, National Security Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Janjua, Commander of Southern Command Lt Gen Aamir Riaz, Home Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti and others, several important decisions were taken.


The heads of security and law enforcement agencies attending the meeting briefed the prime minister on the attack on the police training college.


The meeting was informed that adequate security measures had not been taken at the police training college, even though there were prior intelligence reports that security personnel could be attacked soon, the sources said.


At the meeting, the prime minister expressed concern over the authorities’ failure to make Quetta safe despite formulation of a well-thought out plan.


Prime Minister Sharif asked the officials concerned why the Quetta Safe City plan had not been fully enforced despite passage of considerable time since its preparation.


He said the federal government would have provided additional funds to the province had it been informed earlier that lack of funding had stalled its implementation.

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