All institutions need to work together to defeat terrorism: COAS

QUETTA: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Bajwa said on Sunday that all the institutions of the country need to work together in order to defeat terrorism for once and all.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Quetta on Sunday, a day after a suspected suicide attack on a military vehicle in the city left eight soldiers and seven civilians dead.

According to the ISPR, the army chief attended the funeral prayers of the personnel martyred in Saturday’s attack.

The army’s media cell informed that the funeral prayers were also attended by the governor, Punjab chief minister, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, and Southern Command commander.

The ISPR further said that the army chief visited the wounded of the blast, under treatment at Quetta’s CMH.

The FIR of the attack, which took place on Saturday evening at the Pishin bus stop, is yet to be registered.

Sources said experts of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency are expected to arrive in Quetta soon for aiding the investigation. The site of the incident remains sealed, with no thoroughfare allowed.

The attack on the military vehicle left eight army officials and seven civilians dead and also injured around 40 people.

Condemning the terrorist attack on Saturday, General Bajwa termed it an attempt to “mar Independence Day festivity” in the city and declared that “our resolve won’t succumb to any challenge”.

The Balochistan Assembly and FC Hostel are situated near the site of the explosion and the area is categorised as ‘sensitive’, security wise.

Meanwhile, newly-appointed Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif condemned the attack, saying our brave armed forces stand steadfast against the coward enemy.



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