QUETTA - Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani has said that the situation in Quetta was under control and there was no need to call army.

Addressing a press conference in Quetta on Monday, he said 32 injured of the Kirani Road bombing were flown to Karachi for better medical aid.

The home secretary said that there was no need of calling army, as commissioner, deputy commissioner and other officials were negotiating with Hazara protestors. “Frontier Corps which has capability of dealing with such situations is also under the command of the Army,” he remarked. He said that 33 deceased and 55 injured of the incident belonged to Afghanistan.

The secretary said that provincial government had taken serious steps to curb targeted killings and bomb blasts, adding that the graph of kidnapping for ransom had declined.

“Several raids were carried out by law enforcement agencies against target killers and bombers, seizing arms and ammunition. The men were presented in the court,” the secretary told reporters. He stressed that those arrested by police should be given long sentences.

He said that petrol, urea, ball bearing, potassium, acid and other domestic items were used in the bomb blasts and law enforcement agencies were keeping an eye on shops selling such items.

To a question, he said after announcing monthly Rs 10,000 stipends for fighters who lay down arms, up to 70 people in Kohlu and Dera Bugti had contacted the commissioners. “They are avoiding appearing before the media due to fear,” he added.