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    Devastated Peshawar hotel to reopen in two months: owner

    Islamabad (PTI): Pakistani tycoon Sadruddin Hashwani, the owner of the five-star Pearl Continental in Peshawar that was devastated by a suicide car bombing, today pledged to reopen the hotel within two months.

    Hashwani, who also owns the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that was targeted by a suicide car bomber last year, called on the government to take firm action against terrorists who were gaining in strength in the country.

    "Despite the losses, I will make the (Pearl Continental) operational in two months just as I reopened the Marriott in three months," he said.

    He warned that if the government did not take action against terrorists, foreigners would stop visiting Pakistan and investments would halt. "The terrorists, who have gained in strength and have been getting organised, must be crushed now. Or else people will not be able to live in this country," Hashwani told Geo News channel.

    Fifteen people, including at least three foreigners, were killed and over 50 injured in last night’s suicide car bomb attack on the Pearl Continental, Peshawar’s only five-star hotel. Two UN employees were among the foreigners killed. At least five gunmen entered the hotel’s compound and one of them set off a truck packed with 500 kg of explosives.

    Nearly 60 people, including the Czech ambassador and two US Marines, were killed in the attack on the Marriott.

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