LONDON - Hours after the deadliest attack on Christian community in Pakistan on Sunday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced that the government and the nation was unable to proceed any further (on the proposed dialogue with the Taliban).
“We had proposed the process of dialogue with good intentions and this enjoyed the backing of all the political parties,” Nawaz Sharif said while talking to the media men after arriving in London from Pakistan, reported private TV channels. He said incidents like attacks on a church in Peshawar are not a good omen for the intended dialogue. “These attackers are the enemies of the country,” he said.
Staff Reporter from Islamabad adds: Before leaving for London, Prime Minister Nawaz telephoned Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah and Chief Minister Parvez Khattak and expressed solidarity with them in the aftermath of the Peshawar church blasts. The Prime Minister said he himself and the entire nation was shocked over the brutality of this incident, which not only amounts to murder of our Christian brothers, sisters and children but it amounts to killing a nation.
He assured that the federal government stands by the provincial government in this hour of grief and sorrow. He further said that it was a national tragedy and the nation must stand as one to condemn this most unfortunate incident.
The prime minister called Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Minister of Interior immediately after his arrival at Heathrow Airport, London, and directed him to keep him (Prime Minister) abreast with the situation on regular basis. The Prime Minister also directed the minister to devise a new security plan to protect the worship places of all minorities including churches.
The Prime Minister reiterated his commitment of providing all possible support and assistance by the federal government to the provincial government including medical and logistical arrangements for the injured.
Staff Reporter from Lahore adds: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif telephoned his Khyber Pakhtunkhwa counterpart Pervez Khattak on Sunday and offered him provision of medical help for the victims of Peshawar blast, while also condemning the terrorist act.
He expressed his sympathies over the loss of precious human lives in the tragic incident and offered help to the KPK government.
Shahbaz said that the Punjab government had formed special medical teams to treat the injured persons which could be sent immediately.
Pervez Khattak thanked Shahbaz Sharif and said that he would ask for help if needed.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister has strongly condemned the suicide attack on a church in Peshawar and said that those who spill the blood of innocent people were enemies of humanity.
Expressing grief over the loss of precious human lives, Shahbaz sympathised with the grieved families and also prayed for the early recovery of the injured persons.