ISLAMABAD, Aug 12 (APP): Federal Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid said the government stands by the lawyers and journalist community in the hour of sorrow and affliction that has befallen on them.

He said this during his visit to Quetta on Friday where he also met the bereaved families of the martyrs in the Quetta tragedy and inquired after the health of injured in CMH, Quetta, said a press release issued here.

The minister visited Quetta along with the Special Assistant to Prime Minister and Minister of State Zafarullah Khan and paid their condolences to the bereaved families of the advocates who lost their lives in the recent suicide attack in Quetta.

In the recent suicide attack in Quetta, terrorists targeted the innocent journalists and lawyers in their dastardly and bestial act of terrorism, he said adding anti-state elements cannot dent the spirit of nation by their nefarious designs.

Both the ministers met the injured and prayed for their early recovery.

In his visit to Balochistan Bar, the minister addressed the advocates and said that federal government appreciates the services of Balochistan bar and is fully committed to resolve their problems and in this respect a meeting will be called soon to devise a comprehensive strategy.

The minister along with the Minister of State met the Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai and Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri separately.

In the meeting with Governor Balochistan, Federal Minister Zahid Hamid said that terrorists have attacked the freedom of press and independent judiciary in the condemnable suicide attack.

Anti state elements put into action their nefarious designs in order to dismantle peace in Pakistan but they must know that the whole nation is united to defy their schemes, he added.

The minister in his meeting with Chief Justice Balochistan High Court stated that the backbone of terrorism has been broken and in order to conceal their defeat they attack the soft targets as they are more susceptible to hit.

He also stressed that the whole nation is united against terrorism and we would fight this war against terrorism till the elimination of last terrorist from our homeland.

In another meeting with the Chief Minister Balochistan, Federal Minister reiterated the firm resolve of federal government to support the government of Balochistan in the development and peace making undertakings of Balochistan government.

While talking to the Chief Minister, Zahid Hamid said that the country is facing internal and external threats and it is the need of the hour to stand united and uproot the menace of terrorism from our country.

Minister of State Zafarullah Khan stressed that they stand by the people of Balochistan shoulder to shoulder in this hour of grief and sorrow.

“The enemies of our country want to sow the seeds of dissension in our country but we will never allow them to succeed in their evil designs,” he added.