Enemies want Pakistan to be placed on black list: Shehryar
QUETTA (92 News) – State Minister for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi has said that Pakistan’s enemies want the country to be placed on the black list on Monday.
Shehryar expresses solidarity with Hazara community
Shehryar Khan Afridi on Monday visited Quetta to express unity and solidarity with bereaved families of 20 martyrs, who had lost their lives in Hazarganji blast on Friday.
His visit came amid strong protest of the families along with scores of Hazara community members, who were demanding to arrest the culprits and provision of security for their families.
Addressing a victims’ family in Hazarganji, Shehryar Afridi said that attempts are being made to spread anarchy in the country. “There is no doubt that the Hazara community has been subjected to severe cruelty,” he added.
“We are standing shoulder-by-shoulder with you in every difficulty and trial, he assured the Hazara community and asserting that the state will take action against those responsible for the Hazarganji attack.
“The state will take every possible step for the elimination of terrorism and is also taking measures to protect all our borders,” he added.
“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.
20 killed, 48 injured in Quetta Hazarganji blast
Earlier, at least 20 people were killed while 48 were left wounded in an explosion in Quetta area of Hazarganji on Friday morning.
According to details garnered, the explosion took place early morning in Sabzi Mandi (Vegetable Market) located in Hazarganji area in Quetta.
DIG Quetta Abdul Razaq Cheema confirmed to the media that 20 people, including an FC official, lost their lives in the blast. Thirty others were injured and were undergoing treatment, he added. He also said that eight member of Hazara community are included in the dead persons.
The Quetta DIG also informed that an improvised explosive device (IED) had been hidden among the potatoes bag in the market.
The sources said the blast meant to target the Frontier Constabulary (FC) vehicle parked in the market. Several people were injured in the explosion as they all were shifted to the Bolan Medical Complex.
Buildings located nearby were also damaged in the blast, police said earlier.
Following the explosion, the security cordon has been put in place in the entire area. The bomb disposal squad also reached the site. However, the rescue operation was continued.