Security agencies closing in on Attock blast suspects, says Nisar
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.