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Balochistan govt ‘disagrees with some points’ in SC report: Bugti

QUETTA: The Balochistan government welcomes the Supreme Court commission’s report on the Quetta carnage, but at the same time it “disagrees with some of its observations” and will present its submissions to the Supreme Court, Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, the provincial home minister, said on Friday.

The minister, speaking at a press conference at the Quetta Press Club, said the government would try its best to address the shortcomings pointed out in the report.

“We are happy that the commission has appreciated the Balochistan government’s action in Pishin against militants in which Jahangir Badini, a commander of a banned organisation and two of his accomplices, were eliminated,” Mr Bugti said.

“This has come as a source of encouragement for us.” Anwarul Haq Kakar, a spokesman for the provincial government, was also present at the press conference.

Mr Bugti said that the government would take all recommendations seriously and would make measures to bring about improvements.

Asked to comment on a demand by the Tehreek-i-Insaf and the Pakistan Peoples Party to sack the chief minister, the home minister said Nawab Sanaullah Zehri was an elected leader of the house and those who were making such demands should wait till the next general election.

In reply to another question, he said the provincial government had “taken positively” the observations made by Justice Qazi Faez Isa and would try to make improvements in the administrative machinery in the light of observations made by the judge.

Sarfaraz Bugti said the provincial government’s collaboration with intelligence agencies had resulted in the elimination of the mastermind of the Aug 8 carnage. He said the government agencies had worked round the clock to banish terrorism and now “there is no sanctuary for these anti-state elements”.

“The number of intelligence-based operations in Balochistan is the highest in the country,” Sarfaraz Bugti added.

He said the chief minister had put some officers under suspension after the Civil Hospital bloodbath and an internal inquiry was going on against a few others. “Action will be taken against anybody found guilty of negligence.”

Asked about recommendations of a commission about the security situation on the border with Afghanistan, the minister said almost 13,000 people passed through the porous border every day, terming it unheard of anywhere else in the world.

“The practice should be brought to an end through joint measures by the federal and provincial governments.”

courtesy : dawn news



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