COAS in Quetta after deadly attack on army vehicle | Pakistan

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QUETTA: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Quetta on Sunday, a day after a suspected suicide attack on a military vehicle in the city left eight soldiers and seven civilians dead. 

Sources said the army chief will visit the injured undergoing treatment in hospitals to inquire into their health and also chair a security meeting. 

The FIR of the attack, which took place on Saturday evening at the Pishin bus stop, is yet to be registered. 

Sources said experts of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency are expected to arrive in Quetta soon for aiding the investigation. The site of the incident remains sealed, with no thoroughfare allowed. 

The attack on the military vehicle left eight army officials and seven civilians dead and also injured around 40 people. 

Condemning the terrorist attack on Saturday, Gen Bajwa termed it an attempt to “mar Independence Day festivity” in the city and declared that “our resolve won’t succumb to any challenge”.

The Balochistan Assembly and FC Hostel are situated near the site of the explosion and the area is categorised as ‘sensitive’, security wise. 

Following the blast, Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri and Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, accompanied by Quetta Corps Commander Lt Gen Aamer Riaz, visited the hospital to inquire into the injured being treated there. 

Meanwhile, newly-appointed Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif condemned the attack, saying our brave armed forces stand steadfast against the coward enemy.