ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz has said that Taliban splinter group, Jamaatul Ahrar had assistance of Afghanistan intelligence in carrying out suicide blast in Quetta’s Civil Hospital that killed 70 people, reported Friday.
He said that coordination and cooperation between Indian Research and Analysis Wing and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Service is evident.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government wants dedicated talks to resolve Kashmir dispute, he said adding that Foreign Secretary would soon write to his Indian counterpart for a dialogue.
Sartaj Aziz said that new guidelines have been chalked out for relations with Afghanistan. He said that the government wants to re-cultivate terms between Afghan and Pakistan s intelligence agencies.
He denounced the thought that Pakistan was being segregated for standing with China and said that the country wanted good bilateral relations with the United States as well.
Sartaj Aziz’s statement has come in around four days after a suicide bomber claimed 70 lives in a crowded hospital in Quetta after a large number of lawyers had gathered there to mourn killing of Balochistan Bar Association earlier that day.
Scores of people were wounded who are under treatment at Combined Military Hospital among others.
Media persons were also killed in the attack. Two cameramen, one belonging to Dawn News and other other to Aaj TV, both were killed. Dunya News reporter, Fareedullah was injured in the blast.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Commander of the Southern Command, Lt General Amir Riaz, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan among other notable persons visited the hospital and inquired about conditions of the wounded.
On the occasion, country’s political and military leadership vowed to continue efforts to eradicate militancy in the country.
Meanwhile, army leadership decided to launch combing operation in different areas.
However, two days after the vows and claims, another blast injured 13 people on Zarghoon Road as a security escort vehicle of Federal Shariat Court’s judge was targeted near Al-Khair Hospital.
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