Military, political leadership on the same page to eradicate terrorism: Pak PM Sharif

Islamabad, Aug. 10 : Addressing the National Assembly two days after the terrorist attack at Quetta Civil Hospital, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday the military and political leadership are on the same page to eradicate the menace of terrorism.

The Premier said the country's intelligence agencies are working day and night to defeat designs of the country's enemies, reports the Dawn.

Prime Minister Sharif added that the mindset behind the Quetta attack was the same that had targeted Pakistanis in numerous terrorist attacks in the past.

"This incident was properly planned. Such a mindset does not want peace in the country, especially in Balochistan," he said. He said that Operation Zarb-i-Azb is a unanimous national agenda that will be completed at all costs. His address comes a day after Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai demanded him to sack officers from the security and intelligence agencies if they fail to trace out the elements involved in the deadly Quetta attack.

At least 70 people were killed and over 100 injured after a suicide bomber struck the emergency ward of Quetta's Civil Hospital, where the people had gathered to mourn the death of Balochistan Bar Association president Bilal Anwar Kasi in a gun attack earlier in the day.

The attack was claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar and the Islamic State group.

Source: ANI