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Political consensus necessary for eliminating terrorism, says Kamal

Chief of Pak Sarzameen was visiting Balochistan’s capital on Tuesday where he said while talking to media representatives that militants wanted to destabilise Pakistan however, all political parties must be on the same page against terrorism.

Meanwhile, even after days since a suicide bomb killed more than 70 people, mostly lawyers, in a major terror attack in the city, vacuum among lawyers persists in Balochistan.

Lawyers in the violence-hit province remained of the view that they would continue their protest and would decide upon their future course of action once the injured colleagues return after recovery from hospitals.

In Balochistan, lawyers have been on the hit list of militants and the legal community is protesting as the last two terror incidents in the provincial capital targeted them mainly.

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The mineral-rich province is plagued by rolling insurgencies, hit by regular militant attacks, and poor governance.

Balochistan is also the deadliest province in Pakistan for local journalists, according to Amnesty International, and foreign media are effectively barred.

Lawyers are the only people shining a spotlight on the province’s many problems.

Pakistan’s lawyers have been in the firing line before, but Monday’s massive attack was unprecedented in scale.

Some 200 members of Quetta’s legal fraternity had come to the provincial capital’s hospital to mourn the fatal shooting hours earlier of a prominent colleague.

The bomb – claimed by both the Pakistani Taliban and Islamic State – tore through the crowd.

“We have lost the whole leadership,” said Attaullah Langov, a former secretary of the Balochistan Bar Association and added, “The loss is a hole “that cannot be filled.”



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