ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervez Rashid has said that the PML-N government was committed to maintain peace and stability in Balochistan and rest of the country.

He said that the nation was united to protect the lives and assets of the Baloch people and to eradicate the menace of terrorism.

Replying to a question, Pervez said that the Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif nominated Abdul Malik Baloch as Balochistan Chief Minister despite having majority there. He said the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) government was fully committed to eradicating terrorism from Balochistan. Talking to a private news channel, he said the government believed in democratic norms and "strongly condemns violence in Balochistan." It was also determined to solve the issue of missing persons, he added.

The government, he said, believed in solution of all issues according to the will and wishes of Baloch people and their political parties.

The Information Minister said that the Federal Government would cooperate with the provincial government for maintaining peace and writ in Balochistan. The Prime Minister had also phoned the Chief Minister of Balochistan and assured his full cooperation in this regard.

Pervez Rashid strongly condemned terrorist blasts in Quetta and expressed shock at the loss of innocent lives.

Answering a query, he said that the Akbar Bugti murder case was in court and those involved in it, would be brought to justice.