Friday Dec 01 2017

Internal, external enemies want to destroy country's peace: Ahsan Iqbal


ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Friday said that internal and external enemies want to destroy Pakistan's peace.

“The entire nation needs to unite for the war against terrorism because internal and external enemies of the country want to destroy Pakistan’s peace.”

The minister called upon those injured in the Agriculture Directorate at the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar.

“We won’t forget loss of martyrs and we will not stop pursuing terrorists,” Iqbal said while speaking to the media.

He announced a martyrs’ package of Rs1 million each for the families who lost their loved ones in the attack and announced Rs0.5 million for the critically injured while others will receive Rs0.2 million each.

Nine people were martyred and more than 30 injured after terrorists attacked the student hostel inside the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on University Road, Peshawar early Friday morning.

The security forces later managed to kill all the terrorists after a gunfight which lasted over an hour.

SSP Operations Sajjad Khan told Geo News that five attackers wearing suicide jackets reached the compound in a rickshaw.

They were said to be wearing burqas in the rickshaw so as to avoid detection.

The police official said the attackers' first target was the security guard of the premises, following which they made their way inside towards the students' hostel of the Agriculture Training Institute.

"They could have wreaked havoc but the police and army successfully neutralised the threat," he said further.

Later, army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor praised the police performance during the operation. Speaking to a private news channel, Maj Gen Ghafoor said the terrorists were in contact with their partners in Afghanistan throughout the attack.

He, however, put the number of deceased terrorists at three.