2013 Quaid-e-Azam Residency attack

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2013 Quaid-e-Azam Residency attack
Part of the Balochistan conflict
Quaid e Azam Residency, Ziarat,Pakistan.jpg
Quaid-e-Azam Residency, Ziarat, Pakistan
Coordinates 30°22′50.64″N 67°43′45″E / 30.3807333°N 67.72917°E / 30.3807333; 67.72917Coordinates: 30°22′50.64″N 67°43′45″E / 30.3807333°N 67.72917°E / 30.3807333; 67.72917
Date June 15, 2013 (2013-06-15)
1:15 AM (PST)
Target Memorials in Quaid-e-Azam Residency
Weapons Hand grenades and Rockets
Deaths 1 Pakistani policeman
Non-fatal injuries
Pakistani policeman
Assailants Balochistan Liberation Army
Suspected perpetrators
Four[1] to five[2] BLA insurgents on two motorcycles

On June 15, 2013, the historical Quaid-e-Azam Residency was targeted with rockets, by militants belonging to the Balochistan Liberation Army.[2] It was completely burnt down as a result of the intense attack.[3]

Attack[edit]

Assailants attacked the heritage site with rockets and hand grenades immediately after midnight of June 15, destroying the residency, which housed the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in his last two months and ten days. Three rockets were fired from unknown location,[4] killing a policeman identified as Muhammad Tahir Jan. Four to five terrorists on two motorcycles attacked the residency with bombs.[1]

The wooden structure of the building was set ablaze due to the attack and fire-brigades had to be called in from Quetta. The fire was extinguished after a four-hour-long struggle, but the building had completely burned down.[5][6]

It was reported by locals that residency was took over by armed men and they killed two unarmed watchmen. After that they planted bombs and hurled grenades when they left the residency.[7]

Six more bombs were planted inside the residency, which were defused by the Bomb disposal squad. Each bomb weighed 2 to 3 kilograms.[8] The assailants escaped untouched.[1]

The Interior Minister of Pakistan, Chaudhary Nisar told the National Assembly on the same day that the militants had removed the Pakistani flag, replacing it with a flag of BLA.[9][10]

Investigations[edit]

Interior Minister of Pakistan, Chaudhary Nisar also presented preliminary investigation report of the attack in the National Assembly of Pakistan on the same day. He reported that there was firing and five explosions at the residency at approximately 1:15 AM.[9][10][11]

The Frontier Corps and the Pakistani police also started investigations of the incident. A large number of tourists used to visit the town and the memorials of the Quaid every summer.[12]

Aftermath[edit]

The attack resulted in the destruction of all the old memorials of the residency, according to the report by the Pakistani police. The memorial chairs, beds, and historic photographs of the founder of Pakistan were badly damaged.[1]

Reactions[edit]

Domestic[edit]

  • Sindh The Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah Residency in Ziarat in a statement issued. He term the attack as a "national tragedy". He demanded investigations of the incident and "stern action" to be taken against the preparators.[13]
The Governor of Sindh Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan condemned the rocket attack on the residency, in a statement issued.He expressed "deep grief and sorrow" over the attack and termed it as "an attack on the whole nation". He also sympathised with the families of the victims.[14]
  • Balochistan, Pakistan On the same day, the Chief Minister of Balochistan, Abdul Malik Baloch strongly condemned the act and said that the "perpetrators of the attack would be brought to book".[15] A day of mourning was observed across Balochistan on June 16 over the deadly bombings targeting the Women University bus and the Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta, and the residency attack in Ziarat, which claimed 25 precious lives.[16]
  • On 16 June, the Senate of Pakistan unanimously passed a resolution on Saturday condemning the terrorist attack on the Residency. The resolution was moved by the Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq.[17][18]
  • Several political leaders also condemned terrorists’ attack on the Residency. In their statements issued here on Saturday, PTI Chief Imran Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, PPP leader Khursheed Shah and MQM leader Altaf Hussain have condemned attack on Ziarat Residency.[19]
  • Flag of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.svg The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif also condemned the attack, and expressed sorrow and grief over the casualties. He announced all measures to ensure the safety and security of national assets and heritage sites in future.[20]

Foreign[edit]

  • United Nations UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned deadly attacks in Ziarat and Quetta, saying that "no cause can justify such violence.", in a statement issued by his spokesman. "The secretary-general also extended his condolences to the victims and their families, as well as the government of Pakistan", the statement said.[21]

Reconstruction[edit]

The Chief Minister of Balochistan, Abdul Malik Baloch assured that Jinnah's residence would be restored in its original condition. "I would even call foreign experts to restore the Ziarat residency in its original form," he said to the media.[15]

On 16 June 2013, the Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan flew to Ziarat, and announced to rebuild the Residency within three to four months and said that it was a national heritage.[22] “We are with the terror-hit people of Balochistan at this time of grief. We will also extend our support to the provincial government,” he said.[23]

The reconstruction work was competed and the rehabilitated Ziarat Residency was inaugurated on August 14, 2014.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bomb attack destroys Quaid's residency in Ziarat". Nation.com.pk. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  2. ^ a b Farah Jamil. "BLA claims attack on Jinnah residency in Ziarat | AAJ News". Aaj.tv. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  3. ^ "BLA claims attack on Jinnah residency in Ziarat". Express Tribune. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ziarat: Quaid e Azam Residency catches fire in rocket attack | Pakistan". geo.tv. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  5. ^ "Rockets attack Quaid e Azam Residency, policeman killed". Awaz.tv. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "BLA responsible for attack on Quaid-e-Azam residency". Geo. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Quaid-e-Azam Residency Destroyed in Terrorist Attack". buitems.net. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Attack on Quaid’s Residency, attack on Pakistan". Pakobserver.net. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  9. ^ a b Correspondent, Our. "BLA destroys Jinnah’s Residency in Ziarat – The Express Tribune". Tribune.com.pk. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  10. ^ a b "Nisar presents preliminary report on Ziarat attack in NA". Nation.com.pk. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  11. ^ "Nisar presents preliminary report on Ziarat attack in NA". Thefrontierpost.com. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  12. ^ Syed Ali Shah. "Bomb attack destroys Quaid's residency in Ziarat - DAWN.COM". Beta.dawn.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  13. ^ Posted by Imaduddin (2013-06-10). "Sindh CM condemns terrorist attack on Quaid-e-Azam Residency, Ziarat". Brecorder.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  14. ^ Posted by Imaduddin (2013-06-10). "Sindh Governor condemns attack on Quaid-e-Azam Residency, Ziarat". Brecorder.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  15. ^ a b Syed Ali Shah. "CM Balochistan condemns attack on Jinnah’s Ziarat residency; vows to rebuild - DAWN.COM". Beta.dawn.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  16. ^ "Balochistan mourns over yesterday’s terror incidents". Thenews.com.pk. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  17. ^ "Senate resolution condemns attack on Ziarat Residency". Thenews.com.pk. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  18. ^ Correspondent, Our (2011-02-23). "Parliament session: Senate condemns Ziarat attack – The Express Tribune". Tribune.com.pk. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  19. ^ Saturday, June 15, 2013 11:24:29 AM. "Attack On Quiad’s Residency Condemned". CNBC Pakistan. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  20. ^ "PM Nawaz condemns attack on Quaid-e-Azam residency | Pakistan". geo.tv. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  21. ^ "UN chief condemns attacks in Ziarat, Quetta". Thenews.com.pk. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  22. ^ "Govt to reconstruct Quaid-e-Azam Residency: Nisar | Pakistan". geo.tv. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  23. ^ "Ziarat Residency to be rebuilt in 3 months: Nisar | SamaaTV | Latest News". Hamariweb.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  24. ^ "Rehabilitated Ziarat Residency to be inaugurated on August 14th‏ - Pakistan". Dawn.Com. 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 

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