Published On: Tue, Apr 16th, 2019
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Pakistan’s enemies want the country to be placed on ‘black list’: Afridi

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QUETTA: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi on Monday said Pakistan’s enemies want the country to be placed on the “black list”.

Shehryar Afridi arrived in Quetta on Monday to review the security situation. He was accompanied by Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari. Afridi visited the Imam Bargah located in Hazara town to condole with the bereaved family members of Friday’s Hazargaanji suicide blast.

Addressing the media on the occasion, the state minister for interior said, “Attempts are being made to spread anarchy in the country. There is no doubt that the Hazara community has been subjected to severe cruelty.”

Afridi assured the Hazara community, “We are standing shoulder-by-shoulder with you in every difficulty and trial.”

“The state will take action against those responsible for the Hazarganji attack,” he asserted. “The state will take every possible step for the elimination of terrorism and is also taking measures to protect all our borders,” the minister of state for interior added.

“I request the Hazara community to not doubt our intentions. The state will respect each and every native of Balochistan,” Afridi added.

The state minister of interior continued, “Pakistan’s enemies want the country to be placed on the ‘black list’.”

“We will go to any extent to take elements involved in terrorism to their logical conclusion,” Afridi stressed. “We have to think regarding which powers in the country are making us fight among ourselves.” “Our enemy’s agenda is to create instability in the country,” the state minister for interior said.

Afridi and Bukhari also called on Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan and other political leaders to discuss the means to improve security and end the ongoing protest by Hazara community.

The minister was briefed about the investigation into the deadly suicide bombing, said a press release issued by the chief minister secretariat after the meeting.

At least 20 people were killed and 48 others injured in a blast believed to be targeting the Hazara community in Quetta’s Hazarganji sabzi mandi on Friday. Eight Hazara, an FC official and two children were among the dead.


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