Foolproof security should be ensured for candidates: PM

PESHAWAR, July 12 (INP): Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk has directed that foolproof security should be ensured to the candidates, contesting the general election, including the political leadership, to avoid Peshawar like gory incidents in future.

The directives were issued by the Prime Minister during his meeting with Governor Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP), Engr Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and caretaker Chief Minister Justice (Retd) Dost Muhmmad Khan here at the Governor House on Thursday. Federal Minister for Interior Muhammad Azam Khan was also present on the occasion.

Premier Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk expressed serious concern over the loss of precious lives in the Peshawar suicide blast. The meeting focused on law and order situation and security matters, arising after the brutal attack on the Awami National Party’s (ANP) election meeting, claiming lives of 22 persons, including party’s candidate for PK-78 Barrister Haroon Bilour, and injuring around 60 others.

The Prime Minister was informed about the security measures taken by the caretaker KP government for the security of candidates and top political leadership in the wake of the deadly suicide attack on the ANP rally.

PM Nasir-ul-Mul expressed deep grief over the loss of precious lives in the attack and prayed for early recovery of the injured.

He said the entire nation was saddened over the tragic incident of suicide attack and loss of precious lives during the election and equally shared the grief of bereaved families.

Earlier, the Prime Minister visited Bilour House and condoled with veteran politician and ANP leader, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and former senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour over the death of their nephew Barrister Haroon Bilour. The Bilour brothers received the prime minister upon arrival at the Bilour House.

KP Governor Iqbal Zafqar Jhagra, Punjab Governor Rafiq Rajwana and KP Chief Minister Dost Muhammad Khan were also present on the occasion.

The prime minister offered Fateha and prayed Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with fortitude.