Info minister rules out foreign hand in Balochistan attacks


Ruling out possibility of foreign hand in the series of attacks in Balochistan, Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed on Saturday vowed action against the perpetrators.
Speaking to reporters, the minister said, “Nobody from outside attacked, those who committed this cruelty should think as to why they attacked their own brothers and sisters.”
He said that the Baloch youth was justified over their outrage following the assassination of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti but the incumbent government had sacrificed power in Balochistan for the Baloch nationalists. “Now Baloch youth have no reason to continue with the politics of the gun.”
He urged the Baloch to give up arms and play a parliamentary role.
He said all national security institutions were extending full cooperation and support to the Balochistan government in identifying and arresting culprits behind acts of terrorism in Quetta and Ziarat.
He said every Pakistani was concerned over attack on Ziarat Residency and incidents of terrorism in Quetta.
Rasheed said the PM telephoned Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and assured him of every possible support to apprehend the culprits.
He regretted that some elements from within Balochistan were indulging in acts that inflict damage on people of the province and people of Pakistan.
He said it was responsibility of the government to protect lives and property of the citizens and it would take measures to achieve this objective.
To a question, he said the country was facing two major challenges of energy shortage and law and order and the first one is deeply linked to peace and tranquility.
He said instead of lip-service‚ as was done in the past‚ the government was taking serious practical steps to resolve problems confronting the nation. He said that every effort will be made to bring peace in Balochistan.
To another question he said talks can be held but only with those who renounce violence.
He said the government’s doors were also open for talks with the Taliban.