Pakistan Observer

Pakistan Ulema Council condemns Peshawar blasts

Christian community opposes violent reaction to Church attack

Staff Reporter

Monday, September 23, 2013 - Islamabad—Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Allama Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi Sunday strongly condemned suicide blast near Church in Kohati Gate, Peshawar. In a condemnation message, he said that Pakistan Ulema Council condemned the blast at Peshawer Church adding, “We are with our Christian brothers and sisters in this time of grief and sorrow”.

Members of Christian community registered their protest against the explosion at a church and consequent deaths of worshippers in Peshawar on Sunday.

They urged the authorities to ensure that miscreants may also not get a chance to exploit the situation in other parts of the country. “This is the time to soothe the emotions and assist the victims and not to add to the mayhem,” said Mariua Masih of Women Christian Association, Karachi.

Those taking law into their hands must be strictly handled with due consideration that charged youth being instigated by people with vested interest are provided needed solace, said Patrick Rodriguez, a senior member of the community.

“We know that Karachiites are generally peace loving with strong belief on inter-religious harmony,” he said. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engr. Shaukat Ullah has also strongly condemned the suicide attack at the Girja Ghar in Kohati area here on Sunday and expressed his deep shock a sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

The Governor while expressing his deep sympathies with members of the bereaved families, has said, it is worst act of extremism and inhumanity and elements involved in the heinous crime does not have any regard to humanity and religious norms.

The Governor said, the tragic incident is indeed shocking for us as the nation and should they not feel them alone in this hour of trial rather the entire nation stand along them.

He has also appealed them to fully cooperate with the law enforcement agencies and help them in bringing the elements involved to the court of law and justice. He has also prayed from the God to grant of courage to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss with patience and wished early recovery of the injured. Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael Sunday strongly condemned the twin suicide attacks at Church in Kohati area of Peshawar and expressed his deep shock over the loss of precious lives.

The minister while expressing his deep sympathies with members of the bereaved families, has said, it is worst act of extremism and inhumanity and elements involved in the heinous crime did not have any regard for humanity or religious norms. The minister also prayed from the God to grant courage to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss with patience and hoped for early recovery of the injured. He said, “our leadership has taken comprehensive steps in Anti-Terrorism Bill to fight the terrorists elements”.

He added that all the political parties should devise proper strategy to combat such incidents in future.
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