Army Chief Categorically Warns Cross-Border Agencies in Balochistan
QUETTA: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif upon his visit from Quetta today met the Prime Minister to later take out a clear statement against international agencies, cross border forces and states warning to stay away from Balochistan and its affairs.
Raheel Sharif reprimanded in a clear tone, "We will unearth terrorists, their abettors, sympathisers and financiers. No offender will find a place to hide in the country. We will go to any length to establish the writ of state."
The COAS arrived today in Frontier Corps (FC) headquarters, Quetta to return shortly to Rawalpindi, meeting the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif discussing over important issues. He was brief in Quetta regarding the law and order situation in Balochistan.
General Raheel commended law enforcement agencies for bringing noticeable improvement in law and order situation of the province. General Raheel vowed to stand by the people of Balochistan in bringing peace, stability and prosperity to the province.
Inspector General FC Major Gen Sher Afghan briefed the COAS about law and order situation in the province and search operations being carried out in Turbat and its outskirts. Senior military officials, FC personnel and other higher-ups also attended the meeting.
Earlier, Commander of Southern Command Lt General Nasir Khan Janjua received the Army Chief.
Twenty construction workers were killed and three others were injured on Saturday when unidentified gunmen opened fire on them in a pre-dawn attack on a labourers’ camp near Turbat.
The victims belonged to Sindh and Punjab, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti had said at the time, adding that they were working for a private construction company and building a bridge over a stream in Gogdan.
The banned Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Following the massacre, security was beefed up in and around Turbat. Patrolling by FC, Levies and police was also increased in town to keep a vigilant eye on the movement of suspects.
Earlier on Monday, at least 13 suspected militants belonging to the BLF were killed in a raid by security forces near Turbat. The dead militants were allegedly involved in Saturday's gun-attack on labourers.
Turbat is considered as among the sensitive districts in Balochistan. It is also the home town of Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch.
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