Country is on high alert, 20 personalities have security threats: Interior Minister

News Desk

The cooperation of religious scholars has been sought to amicably settle the matter of burial of victims of Machh incident, the Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has said, adding that the Prime Minister will visit Quetta as soon as the matter of burial is settled.

According to media reports, the Interior Minister has stated these while addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Friday.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has pointed out that the international powers are behind the targeting of Hazara community over the last many years.

“Four such groups have been busted including one in the federal capital which wanted to stoke sectarian strife in the country by targeting the Ulemas of different schools of thought,” he added.

The Interior Minister has strongly condemned the Machh incident and said that the FC has been directed for a large scale search operation in the area to bring the culprits to justice.

The Interior Minister further stated that there is a commitment of the Prime Minister to eradicate terrorism and those trying to stoke sectarian violence in the country.

While respondig a question he admitted that there is a new wave of terrorism in the country.

“Currently the cities of Islamabad, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar are on high alert. There are security threats to twenty personalities and these also include religious personalities,” he added.