Quetta, Pakistan 13 August 2017 (Media Reports)
Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan, General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Quetta today, a day after military vehicle was attacked and resulted in killing eight soldiers and seven civilians, 40 people injured.
According to sources, the army chief will chair a security meeting and also pay a visit to the injured in hospitals to inquire about their health.
Gen Bajwa, condemning the terrorist attack soon after it took place, had termed it an attempt to “mar Independence Day festivity” in the city and declared that “our resolve won’t succumb to any challenge”.
The Inter-Services Public Relations had confirmed late Saturday night that it was an attack on an “on duty military vehicle”, adding that the terrorists had used “incendiary explosives” due to which many vehicles in the affected area caught on fire.
Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, Home Minister Balochistan announced on yesterday that a high-level investigation team, comprising three senior police officers, has been formed to probe the deadly suicide bombing. “Forensic experts from Punjab will take part in the investigations into the attack,” he told.
Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan’s Interior Minister said that the federal government would cooperate with the provincial governments and security institutions in their efforts against “the enemy”, newly appointed interior minister was holding a press conference with Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri in Quetta.
“We all have to work together to secure the country’s future,” Iqbal said, adding that this was not the time for politics. “It is a time to fight terrorism.”
“We will not bow down before terrorists,” added Zehri.