PM strongly condemns bomb blast in Mazar-i-Sharif mosque

On PM’s order, Interior Ministry instructs authorities to ensure Imran Khan’s foolproof security


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Thursday strongly condemned the bomb blast which took place at a mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif city of Afghanistan. The prime minister expressed condolence over the loss of lives and prayed for peace of the departed souls and early recovery of the injured. He said that Pakistan always desired peace in Afghanistan.

On the directives of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday, the Interior Ministry issued letter to the authorities concerned to ensure foolproof security of former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The prime Prime Minister issued the directives in view of the reports of security threat to the life of former prime minister.

The Interior Ministry sent an urgent letter to the Home Secretaries of the four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, asking to take strict security measures for Imran Khan. The same directive was issued to the Inspector General Police and the Chief Commissioner of Islamabad. PM Shehbaz Sharif also directed Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah to personally monitor the situation and ensure implementation of the orders. The letter instructed about putting in place foolproof security arrangements as Imran Khan moved across the country. It also stressed deployment of a bomb disposal squad outside the resident of the former prime minister in Bani Gala. The authorities concerned were warned that no negligence would be allowed regarding thr security measures, particularly during Imran Khan’s public engagements and gatherings.

Meanwhile, A delegation of the Awami National Party including National Assembly member Amir Haider Khan Hoti and senior party leader Aimal Wali Khan Thursday called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif here.

Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq and ANP leader Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour also attended the meeting. The delegation members congratulated the prime minister on assumption of the office and also discussed the overall political situation in the country.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Maulana Fazl ur Rehman met here Thursday and discussed the overall political situation in the country. The meeting was joined by federal ministers Rana Sanullah and Khwaja Saad Rafique.

Maulana Fazl ur Rehman expressed concern over the economic indicators presented during the government’s first cabinet meeting, the PM Office said.

He welcomed the government’s commitment to steer the country out of current challenges to ensure a journey of progress and development.Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday urged the provincial government of Sindh to ensure the implementation of a relief package during Ramazan for the facilitation of the common man. In a meeting with Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, he said providing relief to the people burdened with the challenges of inflation was a top priority of the government. PM Sharif said the federal and provincial governments needed to work together with an aim to extend relief to the general public.

The sindh Chief minister congratulated the prime minister for expressing his commitment during the first cabinet meeting to work together for the development of the country. He also briefed the prime minister on administrative matters of Sindh. The meeting also discussed the current political situation in the country. A delegation of the Balochistan Awami Party, headed by Khalid Hussain Magsi and Jam Kamal Khan, Thursday called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif here. Besides discussing the overall political situation, the delegation members lauded the prime minister for putting the development of Balochistan among the government’s priorities. Federal Minister Israr Tarin, Senators Anwarul Haq, Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti and Samina Mumtaz, Members of National Assembly Ihsanullah Reki and Rubina Irfan and Member of Provincial Assembly Bilawal Afridi attended the meeting. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the government on a priority basis would take measures to ensure the national mainstreaming of the youth of Balochistan. The prime minister expressed these views in a meeting with Chairman Balochistan National Party Sardar Akhtar Mengal. PM Shehbaz Sharif termed the Baloch workforce an asset for the country. The meeting, also joined by federal ministers Rana Sanaullah and Khwaja Saad Rafique, discussed the current political situation in the country.


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