People from all walks of life on Monday vehemently condemned the Peshawar church blasts and said it was a conspiracy to thwart government’s peace efforts. Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan said the government was taking practical steps to get rid the country of terrorism and the suicide attacks at the church were a bid to hamper its efforts for peace. In fact, he said, some unscrupulous elements do not want peace talks to succeed. He said the government would ensure religious harmony at all cost and would not allow agents dancing to the tune of their foreign masters to play havoc with the lives of innocent citizens.
Expressing shock over the loss of precious human lives in the church explosions, parliamentary secretary in the Punjab Assembly Rana Mohammed Arshad said the whole nation was in a state of shock and stood by the Christian community.
He said the government would use all possible resources to punish elements patronising incidents of terrorism in the country.
Citizens Protection Committee (CPC) Chairman Zulfiqar Hussain Shah expressed solidarity with the Christian community and sympathised with the bereaved families.
Emeritus Bishop of Lahore Dr Alexandar John Malik said the Christian community would play its due role in thwarting nefarious designs of terrorists who wanted to shatter Christian-Muslim unity.
Meanwhile, representatives of Massiha Millat Party, PPP Minorities wing and Majlise Wahdatul Muslimeen condemned the twin suicide attacks and demanded the government activate law enforcement agencies to take strict action against the enemies of humanity.
They also urged the armed forces to purge the country of terrorists.