PM for ‘utmost precaution’ for security of poll

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Staff Reporter

Quetta

Caretaker Prime Minister retired Justice Nasirul Mulk on Sunday chaired a high-level meeting of civil and military officials to review the law and order situation in Balochistan in wake of the terrorist attack in Mastung that targeted an election gathering.
Balochistan Chief Secretary Dr Akhtar Nazir shared details of the Mastung suicide attack — in which over 125 people were killed — during the huddle that took place at Governor House in Quetta.
He also briefed the meeting about the arrangements being made for “peaceful and smooth conduct” of the July 25 general elections in the province, a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said.
Prime Minister Mulk strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan and directed authorities to take all possible steps to ensure the security of election candidates and the public.
“Utmost precaution should be exercised and all possible measures should be taken to ensure security of the candidates and the public participating in political rallies and corner meetings,” the premier observed, according to the statement.
He stressed the need to take the political leadership on board regarding the security arrangements and to secure their cooperation “in order to avoid any untoward incident”.
Mulk instructed officials to immediately launch a public awareness campaign in coordination with all stakeholders, “to sensitise [the] general public about the need to strictly adhere to security [standard operating procedures]”.
Speaking at the meeting, the prime minister appreciated the efforts of the armed forces and civil administration for timely evacuation of the injured of the Mastung tragedy and saving lives.
Earlier in the day, the prime minister visited slain Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Nawab Siraj Raisani’s family to condole his death in the Mastung suicide attack. He also visited Combined Military Hospital Quetta to inquire about the health of the injured of the tragedy.

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