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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited a hospital in Nawabshah on Friday, and enquired after the health of those injured in Thursday's blast at Sehwan Sharif. He was accompanied by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, National Security Adviser Nasir Janjua, Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the armed forces and law enforcement agencies to eliminate the enemies with full force. Chairing a meeting in Sehwan Sharif on Friday, he said it is time for us to unite and fight against internal and external terrorists. Nawaz Sharif said it is an obligation on us towards future generations and others facing oppression. The Prime Minister said Pakistan has been fighting a war of its identity since its inception.  For the past many years, we have been fighting the enemies from within and those abroad. We have faced dark days in our history. However, we have always come through with a resilience that has been an inspiration for the world. Nawaz Sharif said it is call of the time that we remain firm and eliminate the heinous acts. He said the government will do its part in ensuring defeat to those who are attacking the rights and liberties of our fellow countrymen. Nawaz Sharif said the war on terror will conclude with the victory of our people.

The death toll has risen to eighty-one in the terrorist attack at the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif. Over two hundred fifty people have been  admitted to different hospitals in Sehwan, Dadu, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Karachi, Shaheed Benazirabad, Nawabshah and Larkana. Strongly condemning the incident, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he would do everything in his power to protect the country. Such attacks cannot divide or scare the nation and we must stand united in struggle for Pakistani identity and universal humanity. Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said that the high officials of Afghan embassy were summoned at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi today and given list of seventy six terrorists hiding in Afghanistan.  The Afghan officials were asked to take action against those terrorists and hand them over to Pakistan. Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossings at Torkham and Chaman have been closed for all sorts of traffic. The border points have been closed to stop entry of terrorists from Afghanistan.  Several banned terrorist organizations, including Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar are based in Afghanistan, and they have been carrying subversive activities in Pakistan from there. Security forces have increased patrolling; surveillance and checking on check posts along the Pak-Afghan border. Meanwhile, several terrorists were killed in an exchange of firing with security forces in Khyber Agency. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the terrorists attacked Pakistani border post in the agency from the Afghan side. Two FC soldiers were also martyred in the attack. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah visited the shrine and Taluka Hospital Sehwan last night and inquired about the health of the victims.The Sindh government has declared three-day mourning. I G Sindh a D Khawaja said the Dargah has been sealed. The security has also been strengthened at all public and religious places in the province especially at Shrine of Great Poet and Sufi Saint Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. The United Nations has strongly condemned the terrorist attack at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Pakistan. In a statement, Spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the United Nations supports the government of Pakistan in its fight against terrorism in full respect of international and human rights norms. The United States has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Sehwan Sharif. In a statement, US State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said his country stands with the people of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism and remain committed to the security of the South Asia region. 

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