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    At least 3 dead, 20 injured in blast in Lahore's Anarkali area

    At least three people were killed and 20 injured in a blast in Lahore's Anarkali area, officials said on Thursday.

    The casualties and the number of the injured were confirmed by Lahore police spokesperson Rana Arif.

    Shortly after the incident occurred, Lahore deputy commissioner (DC) Umer Sher Chattha directed the civil defence officer to deploy a bomb disposal squad to the area and said that a complete and thorough sweep of the area should be conducted.

    The injured were shifted to Mayo Hospital on the directives of the Lahore DC. Rescue 1122 officials were providing aid to the injured while orders were issued to impose an emergency in the hospital.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1670542/at...-anarkali-area


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    LAHORE: Multiple people were injured on Thursday when an explosion ripped through roadside stalls situated in the Anarkali Bazaar area of Lahore.

    A large number of law enforcement officials reached the incident site and cordoned the area. Emergency services shifted the casualties to a nearby medical facility.

    The nature of the blast has yet to be ascertained. Forensic teams are also considering the possibility of a time-triggered improvised explosive device (IED) and evidence from the site is being collected.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2339625...hore-explosion


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    At least 3 dead, 20 injured in bomb blast in Lahore's Anarkali area

    At least three people were killed and 20 injured in a blast in Pan Mandi in Lahore's Anarkali area, officials said on Thursday.

    The casualties and the number of the injured were confirmed by Lahore police spokesperson Rana Arif. He said that a bomb was "planted" in a motorcycle but did not provide further details.

    The blast was so powerful that it damaged several shops near Lahore's famous Anarkali bazaar, witnesses said. TV footage showed burning motorcycles in a crowded bazaar, as the wounded cried for help.

    Speaking to reporters at the scene of the incident, Lahore Police DIG Operations Abid Khan said that the impact of the blast had left behind a crater which suggested that it was caused by a bomb.

    "Our technical team is collecting evidence. We will reach a conclusion on the basis of their analysis," he said.

    Lahore Deputy Commissioner Umer Sher Chattha, meanwhile, said that the blast took place in the last lane of Anarkali bazaar, close to Circular Road. He said the explosive material was planted in a motorcycle which was parked outside a bank in the area.

    He also confirmed that three people had died in the incident, adding that the nature of the blast would be determined by the Forensic Science Agency, the Safe City Authority and the bomb disposal squad.

    The DC said that two of the injured were in critical condition while the wounded were being treated at Mayo Hospital.

    Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar also took notice of the incident and directed the inspector general of police to submit a report in this regard. He also directed officials to provide the injured with the best possible medical facilities.

    In a separate statement, Buzdar condemned the blast and said that those responsible would be arrested and justice would be ensured. "This incident is aimed at sabotaging the atmosphere of law and order. Those responsible for the blast will not be able to escape the clutches of the law," he said.

    Shortly after the incident occurred, the Lahore deputy commissioner directed the civil defence officer to deploy a bomb disposal squad to the area and said that a complete and thorough sweep of the area should be conducted.

    Politicians condemn incident
    Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the bombing in a statement, urging authorities to provide the best possible medical facilities to those who were wounded. He also sought a report from the Punjab government.

    PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said that a blast in an area like Anarkali was incredibly sad and disturbing. She prayed for those killed and injured in the incident.

    PPP's Sherry Rehman said she was "shocked and sorry" to hear about the blast in Lahore.

    PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif expressed grief over the incident and extended condolences to the families of those killed in the blast.

    "I am deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives in a blast in Lahore's historical and lively area of Anarkali," he tweeted.

    He added that an incident of terrorism in Lahore, following one in Islamabad was not a good omen for the country. He also prayed for the complete recovery of those injured in the blast.

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    Inna lillahi wa inna alayhi rajioon.

    I really hope this crap doesn't start happening again on a regular basis. The gloves need to come off the military must act

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    Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun.


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    That's Australian tour cancelled!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun.
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    That's Australian tour cancelled!
    Lets first worry about the people effected.


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    Islamabad, Pakistan – At least two people have been killed and dozens more wounded after an explosion in a busy shopping district in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, police say.

    The explosion took place in the Lohari Gate area, a densely packed neighbourhood consisting of small shops packed into narrow criss-crossing streets, on Thursday afternoon, police spokesperson Nayab Haider told Al Jazeera.

    “The deaths of two people are confirmed,” he said, adding that four of the wounded were in critical condition.

    Hospital officials at Lahore’s Mayo hospital, where the wounded were being treated, confirmed the death toll and said at least 26 people had been wounded in the blast.

    Television footage showed police officials cordoning off blast site, with forensic teams gathering evidence.

    “Initially it seems that this is a planted [bomb] device that has caused this explosion,” senior police official Abid Khan told reporters at the scene.

    Khan said investigations were ongoing to determine the nature of the blast and the kind of explosive used.

    Rescue official Farooq Ahmed told Al Jazeera that all of the wounded had been shifted from the scene to nearby hospitals.

    Most of the wounded had been hit by shrapnel in their lower limbs, police official Khan said.

    No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred in the commercial centre of Pakistan’s second-largest city.

    Pakistan has seen a series of small-scale attacks targeting policemen, security forces and civilians in recent weeks, after the breakdown of talks between the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, also known as the Pakistani Taliban) armed group.

    On Monday, a policeman was killed and two others wounded when a checkpost in the capital Islamabad came under fire from gunmen in an attack the interior minister warned may be the start of a wave of attacks. The TTP claimed responsibility for that attack in a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday.

    In December, the TTP unilaterally ended a ceasefire established while those talks were ongoing, under the mediation of the Afghan Taliban.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/...pping-district
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    LAHORE: In a major breakthrough during the probe of Lahore blast, the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have arrested two facilitators, wanted for their role in the Anarkali explosion.

    According to sources, the counter-terrorism department of the Punjab police has arrested two suspects in the early hours on Friday and have shifted them to an undisclosed location for further investigation.

    “The facilitators will be probed regarding their network of terror and those who carried out the Lahore blast,” they said.

    Earlier in the day, it was reported that the law enforcement authorities (LEAs) have identified suspects in the blast in the Anarkali market of Lahore using CCTV footage and had prepared their sketches.

    “The terrorist who planted a bag at the blast site was in contact with his handler,” they said adding the terrorists have been identified using CCTV footage.

    According to sources, the two handlers could be seen in the footage carrying out reconnaissance as the terrorist who planted the device could also be seen joining them a while later. “All three of them were wearing shalwar and kameez,” they said.

    At least three persons including a child were killed and 29 others were injured in a bomb blast that took place on Thursday evening at 1:40 pm in the busy Anarkali area of Lahore.

    The injured were transferred to the city’s Mayo Hospital. Around eight injured persons were in a precarious condition, the hospital’s Medical Superintendent said.

    The deceased included a nine-year child who had arrived from Karachi to relatives in Lahore. The explosion damaged several motorcycles parked at the place of the incident. The impact of the blast also shattered windowpanes.

    ARY


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    LAHORE: Law enforcement authorities (LEAs) have identified suspects in the blast in the Anarkali market of Lahore using CCTV footage and had prepared their sketches, ARY NEWS reported.

    According to sources, progress has been made in the Lahore blast after investigators prepared sketches of the suspects through geo-fencing and CCTV footage.

    “The terrorist who planted a bag at the blast site was in contact with his handler,” they said adding the terrorists have been identified using CCTV footage.

    According to sources, the two handlers could be seen in the footage carrying out reconnaissance as the terrorist who planted the device could also be seen meeting him a while later. “All three of them were wearing shalwar and kameez,” they said.

    The footage of a terrorist and two handlers has been sent to NADRA for their identification, they said.

    Initial investigation report

    Inspector General (IG) Punjab has presented the initial investigation report of the Lahore blast to Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.

    It stated that the explosion was carried out through a remote device and 1.5 kilograms of explosive material was used by the terrorists. The exact location of the bomb explosion was Lohari Chowk and it caused damages to the building and eight motorcycles.

    The report stated that two people were killed including Ramzan and Absar and 28 sustained injuries in the explosion that took place at 1:40 pm and rescue officials were informed at 1:44 pm.

    The officials of Lahore police and local administration have immediately rushed to the incident site. It added that police, forensic agencies and officials of sensitive institutions are still present at the scene.

    The police report said that an investigation is underway to collect evidence of the explosive material’s genre via CCTV footage.

    Regarding the medical assistance to the wounded persons, the report stated that the affected citizens are being given the best medical facilities. The administration imposed an emergency in all hospitals after the bomb explosion.

    It added that some suspected persons have been arrested who are being interrogated.

    At least three persons including a child were killed and 29 others were injured in a bomb blast that took place on Thursday evening at 1:40 pm in the busy Anarkali area of Lahore.

    The injured were transferred to the city’s Mayo Hospital. Around eight injured persons were in a precarious condition, the hospital’s Medical Superintendent said.

    The deceased included a nine-year child who had arrived from Karachi to relatives in Lahore. The explosion damaged several motorcycles parked at the place of the incident. The impact of the blast also shattered windowpanes.

    ARY


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    there goes the australian tour

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    I literally spend a lot of childhood in anarkali. This is so sad.

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    A couple of hours later, a newly emerged terrorist outfit, Baloch Nationalist Army, claimed responsibility for the blast through its social media account. The group was formed earlier this month when two minor separatist groups — Balochistan Republican Army and United Baloch Army — merged and appointed Mureed Baloch as their spokesman.

    However, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said in a TV show in the evening the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility, but intelligence agencies had yet to determine who was behind the terrorist attack.

    Later in the evening, the Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) lodged a case against unidentified suspects under murder, attempted murder and anti-terrorism charges at the New Anarkali police station. The first information report was registered on the complaint of CTD Lahore Station House Officer Abid Baig.

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    Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) launched search operations across Lahore and picked up some suspects over their alleged involvement in Thursday’s bomb blast in Anarkali market.

    Raids were carried out by joint teams of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of police and other LEAs on the basis of intelligence reports about the movement of the facilitators/handlers of the terrorist attack.

    An official privy to the development told Dawn that the law enforcers received a tip-off about the presence of suspects in areas adjacent to Anarkali and other parts of the city. He said the law enforcers got some important leads through call record data and footage from CCTV cameras installed in the bazaar and the roads leading to it as well as other areas.

    Geo-fencing and other such methods helped security officials in spotting the key suspect who was believed to have planted the explosives at Paan Mandi in Anarkali. The official, however, refused to confirm any breakthrough, saying it would be premature to disclose anything as investigations were under way.

    Meanwhile, Mayo Hos*pital discharged 20 people injured in the blast whereas eight victims were still under treatment.

    Of the eight injured people under treatment, only one was critical, said Medical Superintendent Dr Iftikhar Ahmad while speaking to Dawn. The remaining seven could be discharged from hospital within a couple of days, he hoped.

    Earlier on Thursday night, the official source said, a CTD team had picked up two suspects from Mayo Hospital and shifted them to an undisclosed location for interrogation. Both were released shortly afterwards when it transpired they were members of a religio-political party.

    The official said the LEAs were analysing a lot of CCTV footage gathered from the Safe City Authority, which could play a critical role in getting their hands on the terrorists behind the blast.

    To a question, he remarked there was a strong possibility the newly formed Baloch Nationalist Army was behind the blast, as the two groups that merged to create this new organisation had used timed-devices for their attacks previously.

    Separately, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Rao Sardar Ali Khan has also tasked the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) with handling the blast case besides the CTD.

    On Friday, the CIA chief held a meeting after examining the Paan Mandi crime scene and dispatched teams to inspect the roads that could have been used by the prime suspect to escape.

    “We have dispatched teams to all the bus stations, railway stations and exit-entry points of the provincial capital,” he said, adding that the IGP also alerted the regional police officers and district police officers of Punjab to intensify security to trace the culprits.

    Also on Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and IGP Khan visited Mayo Hospital to inquire after the injured victims.

    Three people were killed and over 30 injured in the bomb blast at the crowded Paan Mandi of New Anarkali bazaar on Thursday noon. The CTD registered a case on charges of murder, attempted murder and anti-terrorism.

    Published in Dawn, January 22nd, 2022


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    May the departed rest in peace.

    And the injured ones recover.

    Tragic news.

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    Still recovering

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    https://www.dawn.com/news/1670898/ar...-sheikh-rashid

    Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said on Saturday that his ministry had alerted all armed forces, including civil law enforcements agencies, asking them to stay vigilant.

    "Last night, the Ministry of Interior told all armed forces, civil armed forces, IGs (inspectors general of police), chief secretaries, Frontier Corps IGs and Rangers IG to stay alert and watchful," he said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad, where he spoke about the recent rise in incidents of terrorism.

    After the Johar Town blast in Lahore in June last year, the minister said, another incident took place in the city's Anarkali area on Thursday. Moreover, he added, "two terrorists were killed in Islamabad" during a shootout a few days ago.

    Here, he also mentioned that the Baloch Nationalist Army had claimed the responsibility for the Anarkali blast.

    Recalling these incidents, he said a "surge in the wave [of terrorism]" had been observed in the country in the recent past, with terrorism incidents rising by around "35 per cent since August 15, over a course of approximately three months".

    "But this cannot bring down our nation, morale, spirit and armed forces," he added. "You will see Pakistan progress," he said, adding that the country had not just lost around 80,000 lives during the war against terrorism, but also spent $150 billion on it.

    The nation, he said, was prepared to bravely face the challenge of terrorism.

    When asked about the progress in the investigation of the Anarkali blast, he said the authorities had a lead and were pursuing a suspect. But he refrained from sharing any more details, saying that "Indian television [channels] will [tirade] against me ... they are only able to see either Imran Khan or Sheikh Rashid."

    Rashid also spoke about failed talks between the proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the government and the Afghan Taliban's role in mediating these talks.

    He said the Afghan Taliban had "played the role of a bridge" in the matter, but the talks failed because the TTP's conditions were of such nature that they could not be accepted.

    The minister said, "Our doors are open for them (the TTP) if they want to approach us, abiding by the law and Constitution of Pakistan ... but if they will fight, we will fight back."

    Furthermore, he said, the sentiment in Afghanistan was no longer against Pakistan.

    Rashid further stated that after the defeat of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, India's Research and Analysis Wing in Afghanistan and of 42 international forces by the Afghan Taliban, "some small groups want to create an environment of terrorism in Pakistan."

    But they would be defeated, he expressed the resolve.

    The minister then turned his attention to the opposition, particularly the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a multi-party alliance, that has announced a long march to protest rising inflation in Islamabad on March 23.

    On March 23, Rashid said, leaders from different countries would be in Islamabad to attend an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit.

    Hence, routes in the capital would be closed from March 21 or March 22.

    In light of this situation, he urged the PDM to shift the march to some other day.

    "Reconsider your decisions. There is Covid-19 and [then] there are international matters [that are of significance]," he said, adding that "hundreds of guests will be here to attend the OIC summit".

    He suggested that the PDM reschedule its march to hold it four days before or after March 23.

    "And if the opposition commits a blunder that will lead to a loss of democratic nature, it will, in fact, be their (opposition) loss," he said, "We don't intend to create any obstacles [in the opposition's way]."

    He added that the government would not take any action as long as the PDM "does not take law into its hand".

    When asked about the reports of efforts by some sections to push for a presidential system and the imposition of an emergency in the country, Rashid dispelled the rumours, saying that no such recommendation was moved in the "cabinet that I am a part of".

    In reply to another question, he lamented and condemned the "dire state of Muslims in India".

    "India is no more secular," he commented.

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    https://nation.com.pk/22-Jan-2022/cm...-blast-victims

    Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Saturday announced financial assistance for the families of those killed and injured in Lahore’s Anarkali blast that saw at least three people dead and several injured.

    In a statement, the chief minister said Rs1 million will be given to the families of those who lost their lives in the Lahore blast.

    Buzdar further announced that those severely injured in the Anarkali blast would get Rs500,000, while the injured would get Rs100,000 each.

    The suspects arrested via CCTV footage were turned out to be labourers who were working at a construction site of a building near the bomb blast site at Anarkali Bazaar.

    It emerged that three arrested suspects including Azam and Imran had been working as labourers at an under-construction building and went to Lahore’s Anarkali Bazaar to purchase warm clothes on the day of the bomb blast.

    At least three persons including a child had lost their lives and 29 others were injured in a bomb blast that took place on Thursday evening at 1:40 pm in the busy Anarkali area of Lahore.

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    Rip to the victims. Speedy recovery to the injured. Hope the terrorists behind this are caught and punished and made an example of.

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    LAHORE: A video of the Lahore blast site has surfaced which showed the apathetic action of people who started looting cash from a prize bond counter whose owner got injured in the powerful explosion in Anarkali Bazaar, ARY News reported on Friday.

    Some citizens have started taking out cash from a prize bond owner’s counter of the Lahore blast site. After the powerful explosion in Anarkali Bazaar, the assets caught fire, creating chaos on the scene but some apathetic people got a chance to loot money.

    Sources said that the prize bond counter was owned by a 20-year-old man named Abdullah. It was learnt that Rs300,000 cash was placed inside the counter and the owner sustained injuries following the bomb blast.

    At least three persons including a child had lost their lives and 29 others were injured in a bomb blast that took place on Thursday evening at 1:40 pm in the busy Anarkali area of Lahore

    The injured had been transferred to the city’s Mayo Hospital. Around eight injured persons were in a precarious condition, the hospital’s Medical Superintendent said.

    The deceased included a nine-year child who had arrived from Karachi to relatives in Lahore. The explosion damaged several motorcycles parked at the place of the incident. The impact of the blast also shattered windowpanes.

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    UAE crown prince calls PM Imran, condemns Lahore blast

    Imran vows to root out terrorism in all forms

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan received a telephone call from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed on Monday wherein the latter condemned the Lahore bombing that left three dead.

    According to a statement by the Prime Minister's Office, the crown prince expressed solidarity with the Pakistani people and the government.

    "He offered deepest condolences to the families of all the victims and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured. The crown prince expressed solidarity with the leadership, government and people of Pakistan," the statement added.

    Read PM Imran, Khattak spar during meeting
    According to the statement, the prime minister thanked the crown prince for "his condolences and strong expression of support".

    "Reaffirming Pakistan's firm resolve to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations", he said that the perpetrators of terrorist attacks will be brought to justice.

    The premier expressed Pakistan's desire to work with the UAE for further strengthening of bilateral ties, enhancing cooperation in the multilateral fora and continuing close coordination on regional and global issues of mutual interest, the statement added.

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    The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Wednesday expressed its concerns over the alleged forced disappearance of four Pashtun workers following the Anarkali Bazar explosion in Lahore on January 20.

    Three people, including a nine-year-old child, were killed while over two dozen others were injured when a blast tore through a bustling market chowk near Lohari Gate, a prominent entrance of the historic walled city, last month.

    According to the Lahore police, an initial investigation showed that a 1.5 kilogramme improvised explosive device (IED) was planted in a motorcycle parked next to a pushcart outside a bank, which was the cause of the blast.

    "According to HRCP’s sources, two persons were disappeared from near Lahore Railway Station on January 22 — it has taken almost ten days for their families or friends to file an FIR against the incident," HRCP Chairperson Hina Jilani said in a statement.

    She said that another Pashtun worker was disappeared after persons in civilian clothes allegedly raided his flat in the early hours of January 26, adding that yet another worker was forced to exit the rickshaw he was travelling in and taken away, again allegedly by persons in civilian clothing.

    "No arrest warrants were issued and their friends and relatives have been unable to establish their whereabouts. In the latter two cases, the police have refused to issue an FIR," the statement added.

    The commission expressed its concern over the "worrying familiar pattern", saying that four Baloch students were also detained in a similar manner on January 22 in connection with the blast but later released.

    "We demand that all four be located and their right to physical integrity and dignity of person guaranteed. If they — or indeed anyone — are to be detained at all, then law enforcement personnel are duty-bound to follow procedure and clearly indicate on what charge they have been detained and where they are being held," Hina further said.


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    A soldier was martyred and six terrorists, who were linked to the blast in Lahore's Anarkali area on January 20, were killed during an exchange of fire in the general area of Nagao Mountains in Balochistan's Sibi, the military's media affairs wing said on Saturday.

    According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), security forces had launched an operation to apprehend terrorists in Nagao Mountains after receiving information about their presence in the area.

    "Once the troops started [a] clearance operation in the area, [the] terrorists tried to escape from their hideout and opened fire on security forces," the ISPR said in a statement.

    Six Balochistan Nationalist Army terrorists, including Naseebullah Bangalzai alias Jahangir, Pir Jan and Rakai Kalhoi, were killed in the ensuing exchange of fire, the ISPR said, adding they were involved in recent "security incidents" in Sibbi and linked to the blast in Lahore's Anarkali area on January 20.

    Three people were killed and over 30 injured in the Anarkali blast, which law enforcement agencies had initially declared a gas cylinder explosion. But later investigations had confirmed that it was a bomb blast

    During the operation in Turbat, "a valiant son of the soil, Sepoy Nisar embraced shahadat (martyrdom) while another two soldiers got injured", the ISPR said.

    According to the ISPR, arms and ammunition were seized from the terrorists that they intended to use for "disrupting peace and security in the area".

    "Security forces, in step with the nation, remain determined to thwart attempts at sabotaging peace, stability and progress of Balochistan," the ISPR said.

    Earlier this month, security forces had killed seven terrorists in Turbat's Gorchop area in Balochistan during an intelligence-based operation.

    The terrorists were killed after the troops had launched an operation to apprehend "externally sponsored enemies of peace in Balochistan" on the basis of information about the terrorists' hideout.

    "Once the troops started [the] clearance operation in the area, terrorists tried to escape from their camp and opened indiscriminate fire onto security forces," the ISPR had said at the time.

    The military's media affairs wing had added that the killed terrorists were involved in firing and attacks on security forces in Makran Division.

    DAWN


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