Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid on Tuesday said the gun attack on police in Islamabad the previous night was not a robbery or dacoity gone awry but an act of terrorism.
The interior minister was talking to the media after attending the funeral prayers of Head Constable Munawar, who was martyred in the shootout on Monday night.
“He (Munawar) was on duty and terrorists shot a burst [of fire] on him,” Rashid said. “This was not an incident of theft or robbery. We have received a kind of signal that terrorist incidents have started happening in Islamabad.
“This is the first incident of the year and we need to be very alert,” he added.
The minister said the martyred policeman demonstrated through his sacrifice that Pakistan’s civil armed forces lay down their lives for the country’s protection and were highly alert.
Regarding the perpetrators, he said the two individuals were terrorists and had been killed.