ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would be inviting the political leadership across the spectrum to help formulate a national agenda to restore peace in the country.
While referring to Balochistan situation, he said that peace in restive Balochistan province and elsewhere could not be achieved through the barrel of gun but dialogue, adding, that government would utilise all available resources to restore peace in the troubled areas and provide security to the people.
He came down hard on slackness of security agencies, which had failed to stop the terrorists from entering Quetta City despite the fact that the City was in security cordon. He said there was a contradiction between the reports of security agencies about the Quaid-i-Azam Residency, Women College and Bolan Medical Complex incidents.
Briefing the Lower House about his visit to Quetta, he said that according to initial reports four terrorists were involved and a female suicide bomber exploded the bus. He said a total of 24 casualties were reported including Deputy Commissioner Quetta, FC and Anti-Terrorist Force officials. He said one suspected terrorist is under custody and interrogation is under way.
He said a joint investigation team had been constituted to investigate the attack on the building in which the Quaid-i-Azam spent last days of his life in 1948.
Another joint investigation team under IG Balochistan was constituted to probe the incident. He assured that the reports of the investigation teams would be presented in the House.
Ch Nisar Ali Khan said that he has convened the meeting of the civil armed forces on June 20 and would announce the security policy the very next day.
He assured the House that residency of Quaid-e-Azam will be renovated in its original shape within three to four months.
He further informed the House that he would be visiting Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh in coming days to further spruce up the liaison of Federal and provincial governments on counter-terrorism issues and assured full support to the provinces in term of intelligence sharing, police force, Rangers and Frontier Constabulary.
The minister said according to his information, the miscreants remained in the Quaid’s residency for two hours but watchmen did not take any action or inform the police. He said there was also contradiction in the statements of DCO and other officials.  He said a blast carried out in a bus carrying women students in a university of Quetta might be a suicide attack according to investigators who have gathered evidences from the site, while others say it was a planted blast.
Opposition leaders including Syed Khursheed Shah of the PPP, PTI's Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Awami League's Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Jamaat-e-Islami's Tariqullah, JUI-F's Akram Durrani and PKMAP's Mahmood Khan Achakzai assured their full cooperation to the Interior Minister in the maintenance of law and order.
Mahmood Khan Achakzai said the Parliament must come up with a declaration to make country peaceful and members would be prepared to give whatever and as many sacrifices required in this regard. He said if they would not do so, they have no right to sit in the august House.
He stressed the need of bringing the unbridled agencies under control and said that if the Parliament would fail to do so in next two to three years he would quit the Parliament. He said that Pakistan's involvement in Afghanistan was established and said that the US drone attacks in Tribal Areas have some justification.
He said that government should look into the gravity of the situation and come up with some concrete solution to the same that why country's neighbouring states were turning against Pakistan.
He further said that the presence of Osama bin Laden near country's ace Military Academy was meaningful.
He further said that Pakistani agencies are capable enough to track down the miscreants but why they are not doing so is the big question for which this House should look for answer.
Sheikh Rashid was of the view that the government will have to opt either for dialogue or war. He said people have been kidnapped from Rawalpindi and Islamabad for ransom and taken to Afghanistan.
PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi assured his party's full support to government in solving law and order situation.