Mulk calls for boosting security of poll candidates

QUETTA: Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan Justice (Retd) Nasirul Mulk on Sunday directed the authorities and stakeholders to exercise utmost precaution and take all possible measures to ensure security of election candidates and the people participating in political rallies and meetings.

Chairing a meeting on law and order situation here at the Governor House, the prime minister condemned the recent terrorist incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

The meeting was attended by Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai, Chief Minister Allauddin Marri, Home Minister Agha Umar Bangulzai, Federal Secretary Interior Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa, Balochistan Chief Secretary Dr Akhtar Nazir and Home Secretary Haider Ali Shikoh, Inspector General Frontier Constabulary Balochistan (North) Major General Nadeem Anjum, Inspector General Frontier Constabulary Balochistan (South) Major General Sardar Tariq Aman, Inspector General Police Balochistan Mohsin Hasan Butt and other senior civil and military officials.

The meeting reviewed the overall law and order situation in the province in the wake of Mastung tragedy.

The Balochistan chief secretary briefed the participants of the meeting on the Mastung blast and the arrangements being made for peaceful and smooth conduct of general elections 2018 in the province.

The prime minister said that political leadership should be taken into confidence on security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident.

He said an awareness campaign should be launched immediately, in coordination with all the stakeholders, to sensitise general public about the need to strictly adhere to the standard operating procedures of the security.

The prime minister appreciated the efforts of armed forces and civil administration for timely evacuation of the injured of the Mastung tragedy and saving precious lives.

Earlier, the prime minister visited Sarawan House in Quetta and offered condolences to the bereaved family of Siraj Raisani, who was killed in the Mastung terrorist attack on Friday.

The prime minister also visited Combined Military Hospital Quetta to inquire about those who were injured in Mastung terror attack and prayed for their swift recovery.

Senate Chairman Mohammad Sadiq Sanjrani, Balochistan Chief Minister Allauddin Marri and federal minister Roshan Khursheed Bharocha also accompanied the prime minister during the visit to hospital.


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