Published On: Fri, Apr 19th, 2019
Published in Category: District News / Islamabad / Quetta

14 including Pakistan Navy personnel martyred after being offloaded from buses on Makran Coastal Highway in Gwadar

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GWADAR/QUETTA/ISLAMABAD: Fourteen passengers were forced to offload from buses on Makran Coastal Highway in Ormara area of Gawadar district in Balochistan and were shot dead by unidentified gunmen early on Thursday. The incident occurred in Buzi Top area of Ormara on Makran Coastal Highway.


Five to six buses were stopped by the armed persons. The number of attackers was between 15 to 20. The armed persons killed the people while handcuffing their hands and feet. The incident occurred at 2:00 AM.


Pakistan Navy personnel were among the martyred in the attack, which took place near Bozi Top, a Pakistan Navy spokesperson said.


The attackers, who numbered around two dozen, were wearing camouflage uniforms, Provincial Home Secretary Haider Ali told a foreign news agency.


They “stopped buses on the Makran Coastal Highway and gunned down 14 people”, he said, adding that the four vehicles were traveling to Karachi from the coastal town of Ormara.


Provincial Home Minister Mir Zia Langov said a full-scale investigation had been launched into the attack and to track down the gunmen, who he said had fled the scene.


“Such incidents are intolerable and we will not spare the terrorists who carried out this dastardly attack,” he said. The bodies were shifted to a nearby health facility in Ormara.


The passengers were picked out with the help of their National Identity Cards (NICs), forcibly offloaded from their buses and then shot dead by unidentified assailants.


According to Balochistan’s Inspector General of Police Mohsin Hassan Butt, 15-20 unidentified armed assailants in camouflage were involved in the attack.


Fourteen of those offloaded were shot dead, while two passengers managed to escape and made it alive to the nearest Levies check post. They were subsequently shifted to Ormara Hospital for treatment. The bodies of the victims were recovered from Noor Baksh Hotel.


The motive behind the killings and the identity of the victims are yet to be disclosed. No one has claimed responsibility for the killings.


According to spokesman for Pakistan Navy, the martyrs also included personnel of Pakistan Navy.


Meanwhile Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr. Arif Alvi have strongly condemned the dastardly act of terrorism took place at Makran Coastal Highway in Balochistan targeting innocent people.


The Prime Minister has sought report from the administration and police and directed the authorities to make every possible effort to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.


The Prime Minister also expressed sympathies with families of the victims.


In a statement, the President Dr. Arif Alvi also expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives. He said such attempts to spread mischief in the country cannot succeed.


The President said the nation is united as well as committed against terrorism.


Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal also strongly condemned the attack on passenger buses in Balochistan. She said any terrorist act to disturb the peace and progress of Balochistan will not be tolerated and such activities cannot hinder the progress of ongoing development projects in the province.


Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi, in a statement, said timing of the recent terror attacks implies that the enemy wants to harm Pakistan at the Financial Faction Task Force and other international forums.


Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal Khan condemned the incident and offered his condolences to the victims’ families. “These cowardly terrorists showed the extent of their barbarism by murdering innocent passengers,” the chief minister said. He described the attack as a conspiracy to halt progress in Balochistan and tarnish the country’s image, and assured that “progress will continue no matter what”.


“The people of Balochistan look upon terrorists who follow the agenda of foreign elements with hate,” he said. “Through the support of the people, terrorism will be eliminated and the terrorists will continue to be brought to justice.”


Minister for Information and broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain has said that those involved in recent terror attacks in the country will be brought to justice.


In a tweet on Thursday, he said the attack on Hazara community in Quetta, Hayatabad and now the despicable incident on Coastal Highway all indicate an organized pattern of crime.


The Information Minister said that Pakistan has rendered immense sacrifices and registered major successes in the war on terror.


Meanwhile Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif in his condemnation statement said that “the killers of innocent people have nothing to do with humanity”. He said that coordinated terrorist attacks in the country are hinting at the involvement of the enemies of Pakistan.


Saying he shares the grief of the affected families, he prayed that God bless the departed souls and bestow their heirs with patience.


PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also condemned the killings. “Today, once again, innocent people were killed in Balochistan,” he said, adding that the government failed in controlling terrorists. The PPP chairman demanded that the government bring the perpetrators of the tragedy to justice.


Former president Asif Ali Zardari also condemned the incident and declared it a gruesome act. He said that those who kill innocent humans do not deserve any leniency. He said that terrorism was a curse which should be eliminated. “Had the National Action Plan be implemented in letter and spit, such tragedies would not have occurred,” he said.


Senator Mian Attique Sheikh of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) condemned the incident and said that the entire nation stands with their Baloch brothers.


Senate Standing Committee on Interior Abdul Rehman Malik also condemned the killings and contacted the Balochistan police chief over telephone. “Such incidents of terrorism on the coastal highway are a matter of concern,” he said. He expressed deep grief over the loss of lives and stressed the need for unity in the war against terrorism.


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