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PM orders arrest of Karachi bus attackers

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday ordered arrest of perpetrators of Karachi bus attack that claimed over 40 lives, ARY News reported.

Pistol-wielding gunmen in Karachi stormed a bus carrying members of the Ismaili minority, killing at least 43 in the first attack in the country officially claimed by the Islamic State group.

The PM arrived in Karachi this evening to chair a high-level meeting of law and order in the wake of dastardly attack. Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Director General ISI Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ibad, DG Rangers Sindh, Corps Commander, Secretary Interior, MQM leader Dr. Farooq Sattar and other high-ups were also present.

The absence of Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan came as a surprise to everyone, however no official word was released in this connection.

Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister directed to apprehend the culprits involved the killing of bus passengers at the earliest.

He ordered speeding up operation in Karachi and a decisive action against terrorists in the city.

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He also directed the law enforcing agencies to keep a close eye on anti-state and anti-social elements who are bent upon blocking peace, progress and prosperity in the country.

The Prime Minister expressed deep sorrow and grief over the firing incident in which innocent people were targeted.

The PM expressed annoyance over police performance and called for better intelligence sharing to avert such incidents in future.

He said security institutions must cooperate with each other to bring peace in the country.

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