Se­cu­rity agen­cies clos­ing in on At­tock blast sus­pects, says Nisar

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

MANDI BAHAUDDIN: In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaud­hary Nisar Ali Khan on Wed­nes­day said that the probe into the At­tock blast will take some more time but se­cu­rity agen­cies are clos­ing in on the sus­pects.

Last week, Punjab home min­is­ter Colonel (retd) Shuja Khan­zada was killed in a sui­cide at­tack on his po­lit­i­cal of­fice in Shadi Khan vil­lage, At­tock. Speak­ing to media rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Mandi Bahauddin, Nisar fur­ther said that Khan­zada was not ac­cus­tomed to hav­ing se­cu­rity with him and added that in­tel­li­gence agen­cies had ad­vised the Punjab home min­is­ter not to visit Shadi Khan vil­lage.

The in­te­rior min­is­ter fur­ther said that vil­lage baithaks (gath­er­ings) are public in na­ture and politi­cians pre­fer not to have too many se­cu­rity per­son­nel with them on such oc­ca­sions. "Se­cu­rity in­for­ma­tion is meant to be dis­crete and our agen­cies are not trained in this re­gard," Nisar said. In re­sponse to a ques­tion, Nisar clar­i­fied that he only heard the "mi­nus-one for­mula" from MQM supremo Altaf Hus­sain and the media and that the gov­ern­ment has never used the ter­mi­nol­ogy. "A re­sponse re­gard­ing the mi­nus-one for­mula can only be given by the per­son who coined it," Nisar said.

The in­te­rior min­is­ter fur­ther clar­i­fied that, "when it comes to crime, be it the Im­ran Fa­rooq mur­der case or any other case, they will reach their log­i­cal con­clu­sion." Ear­lier to­day while ad­dress­ing the 30th pass­ing out pa­rade of Punjab Rangers at Pak­istan Rangers Academy, Chaud­hary Nisar stressed the im­por­tance win­ning the war against ter­ror­ism in or­der to achieve pros­per­ity in Pak­istan, said a re­port pub­lished on Ra­dio Pak­istan.

Nisar said that Pak­istan is fac­ing a num­ber of prob­lems re­lated to ter­ror­ism and se­cu­rity and it is the Rangers' job to en­sure safe­guard the coun­try. The in­te­rior min­is­ter also an­nounced that the gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated Rs45 bil­lion for the civil armed forces.

He added that ter­ror­ists and caus­ing chaos in the coun­try and are re­ceiv­ing fi­nan­cial help from Pak­istan's en­e­mies. Nisar said that the Rangers' job is dif­fi­cult as they have to counter the en­emy who is not vis­i­ble. the in­te­rior min­is­ter fur­ther said that the whole coun­try sup­ports se­cu­rity agen­cies in their ef­forts in war against ter­ror­ism.

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