QUETTA: During an emergency joint conference here on Saturday, Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said that an All Parties Conference (APC) will be held in the aftermath of the Mastung killings.
On Friday night, gunmen kidnapped about two dozen passengers from two Karachi-bound coaches and killed at least 22 of them in Khad Kocha, a mountainous area about 70km southeast of the provincial capital, in Mastung district. The gunmen reportedly injured three passengers.
“We will bring the culprits to book,” said the Balochistan CM during the conference at CM Secretariat. The chief minister also said that he had spoken to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with regards to convening an All Parties Conference (APC).
“We will convene an APC in the next couple of days,” said Dr Baloch, when he was asked about the exact date of the APC.
During the conference, ruling parties as well as the opposition termed the Mastung carnage as a pre-planned “conspiracy” to disrupt the law and order situation of Balochistan.
Dr Malik Baloch, Leader of the Opposition in the Balochistan Assembly Maulana Wasey, Rahim Ziaratwal of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP), Zamarak Achakzai of ANP and other political leaders addressed the conference.
The conference was held in the aftermath of successful negotiations with protesters who brought the bodies of the victims outside CM Secretariat.
The parties also announced a shutter-down strike on Sunday (tomorrow) across the province to express sympathy with the bereaved family members of the victims.