Nawaz Sharif orders arrest of tourists' killers

Islamabad, June 24 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Monday ordered arrest of those involved in the killings of 11 people in Gilgit-Baltistan's Nanga Parbat area, while observing that the attack posed worst threat to national security.

Sharif issued the order while presiding over a cabinet meeting here, during which the national security was discussed with a special reference to the killings of nine foreign tourists and two Pakistanis besides other terror attacks, Geo News reported.

Apprising the cabinet about the Saturday night killings of nine tourists, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the terrorists had conducted reconnaissance of the area and taken help of the guides to reach the tourist base camp.

Meanwhile, the security forces rounded up over 37 suspected people and took them into custody during a search operation launched in villages following the tourists' killings.

The arrested were being interrogated at some unidentified place. Police, army and scouts were taking part in the search operation, said Ali Sher, deputy inspector general of Gilgit-Baltistan police.

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