ISLAMABAD: The Federal Caretaker Cabinet on Monday expressed its resolve to fight the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and safeguard the property of the people. Caretaker Interior Minister briefed the meeting on the law and order situation that erupted after the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. The meeting was apprised that the situation has started improving after the deployment of the troops. However the loss to public property and infrastructure has been colossal. The people have suffered a lot and manufacturing, revenue and exports have also suffered badly. Loss to Railway has been huge where coaches and locomotives that were earlier in short numbers have been burnt, the meeting was told. Twenty-two locomotives were burnt completely while one locomotive partially burnt as a result of fire costing a loss of Rs 1,982 million.
The telecommunications losses of Railway on Sukkur and Karachi Divisions are approximately Rs 884 million while cost of losses to signaling system on Karachi and Sukkur Division are around Rs 914 million rupees. Cost for loss to 140 coaches which had been burnt completely and damage to the coaches are around Rs 8000 million. The total loss to Railway is Rs 12,382 million.The meeting was informed that supplies of POL to all parts of the country and edible items have been affected. Telephone exchanges have been burnt. Election Commission offices have also been damaged.
Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro directed the concerned federal and provincial authorities to take strict action against the miscreants. He said that he is in consultation with different stake-holders and political parties. He said any decision regarding any change in date of elections will be taken after detailed consultations with all concerned. The Election Commission is the primary institution to decide about the holding of elections on the announced date, based on the assessment of the ground situation. The Cabinet also reviewed steps taken by the Ministry of Interior for investigation into the terrorist attack on Mohtarma Behazir Bhutto. Interior Minister informed that all relevant evidence on the scene was collected before cleaning and washing the spot of the incident.-SANA