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PC Gwadar Attack: All terrorists killed, guests safe!

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GAWADAR: Security forces had killed all three militants who had attempted to attack the Pearl Continental Hotel here on Saturday. 

According to details, when three gunmen tried to attack the five-star hotel, they were challenged by the guards. As a result of the exchange of fire, four employees of the Hotel and one Pak Navy soldier (Abbas Khan) lost their lives. Many others got injured, including two Captains of the Pak Army and two Hotel personnel. 

Meanwhile, all the guests were taken to safety. According to ISPR: “security forces had cordoned off the area and encircled the terrorists on the stairs leading to the top floor…After ensuring the safe evacuation of guests and staff, a clearance operation was launched to take on the terrorists

“…the terrorists had made CCTV cameras dysfunctional and planted improvised explosive devices on all entry points leading to the fourth floor… Security forces made special entry points to get onto the fourth floor, shot down all terrorists and cleared planted IEDs.”

BLA spokesman has taken to the twitter to claim responsibility for the attack: “Our fighters have carried out this attack on Chinese and other foreign investors who were staying in PC hotel!”

Prime Minister Imran Khan held: “Such attempts, especially in Balochistan, are an effort to sabotage our economic projects and prosperity. We shall not allow these agendas to succeed”.

President Alvi termed such attacks as nefarious conspiracies against national development projects. He reiterated that the nation was united against the menace of terrorism and soon it would be eradicated from the country. President paid rich tribute to those who lost their lives and prayed for early recovery of injured.

Chinese Envoy took to the twitter to maintain: 

Readers may recall that just a day before PC attack (on 10th of May, 2019) two (coal) miners and two FC personnel lost their lives in a bomb explosion; On 9th of May three Baloch (including a tribal leader) were killed in a blast carried out at Qilla Abdullah; On 18th of April fourteen bus passengers were killed by gunmen on Makran Coastal Highway; Just a week earlier two people died when a bomb went off in Chaman on 12th April 2019; The very day twenty people belonging to the Hazara community were attacked, as a result, about 48 got injured and 20 were left dead!

A relevant piece published earlier: 

Reports of heavy firing, explosions near PC Hotel Gwadar

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Mastung: Nine militants killed!

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MASTUNG: Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) has revealed that as a result of an encounter nine militants were gunned down while four security personnel got injured here in Qadoo area today. 

The injured – who are in stable condition – are being treated at CMH and FC Hospital Quetta.

During the search operation, an enormous quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered from the terrorists’ hideouts.

 

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Allocating joint land to armed forces in Gwadar!

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence Tuesday was told that operational matters were under consideration to allocate joint land to country’s three armed forces in Gwadar.
A meeting of the Committee was held here in the Parliament House Constitution Room under the Chairmanship of Member National Assembly Amjid Ali Khan.
The Committee offered ‘Fateha’ for the departed souls of those embraced martyrdom at Pak-Afghan Border while fixing the fence, in Gwadar, on the coastal highways in Ormara and in Quetta.
Secretary Ministry of Defence and Director General Military Lands and Cantonments (ML&C) briefed the Committee on all Cantonments based in Balochistan.
The Committee unanimously decided that the chief secretaries of the provinces of Balochistan and Sindh along with the secretaries of finance departments of the two provinces should attend the next meeting of the Committee and brief about the shares being given to the Cantonments based in Balochistan from the National Finance Commission Awards and the hindrances in this regard and non-payment of GST share by the provincial governments.
The Committee also directed that the Ministry of Finance secretary should also attend the next meeting of the Committee on the said matter and also in addition about non-allocation of Grand in Aid to the Cantonment Boards.
The Committee appreciated the Ministry of Defence on establishing the CB CARE Centers in different cities of the country for resolving the issues of the residents in the Cantonment areas.
The Committee also decided to hold its next meeting regarding briefing on all Cantonments based in Sindh. The Committee also decided to hold its next meeting on the ministry on 28th May in the Parliament House.
The meeting was attended by MNAs Tahir Sadiq, Syed Faiz-ul-Hassan, Kanwal Shauzab, Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Syed Amin-ul-Haque, Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Robina Irfan, Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Riaz ul Haq, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Aftab Shahban Mirani and Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi.

 

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Quetta: At least 8 injured in IED explosion near Mini Market

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QUETTA: An IED explosion reported in the Mini Market near Satellite Town area of here, police said.

According to initial reports, police vehicle was targeted. Several cops were injured.

Interior Minister of Balochistan Mir Zia Langove said that the explosive material was installed in a motorbike that was parked near the market.

“The injured are being taken to the nearest hospital,” Langove said.

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