Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday reiterated resolve of the government to chase the perpetrators of Peshawar suicide bombing with full might and bring them to justice. “We need to stand united. We need to rise above political affiliation. We have to chase them to the end and bring them to justice,” he said in his opening remarks in National Assembly prior to the House started discussion on the suicide bombing at a church in Peshawar. Chaudhry Nisar condemned the incident in strongest term and described the incident as an inhuman act that was unacceptable in any society, religion or creed.
“The perpetrators cannot be termed as human beings. Killing one human being is like the killing of humanity.”
He said the nation has foiled the criminals bid to paralyze it. This inhuman act rather made the nation to emerge once again with resilience to fight out their ulterior motives.
He said whole the nation and the federal and provincial governments have extended sympathies and support to aggrieved Christian community and “I also assured the Bishop in Peshawar that every Pakistani was standing with them.”
He informed the House that 81 persons died including 34 women and seven children while 137 sustained injuries and were under treatment. Giving details, he said, two suicide bomber blew themselves up with one at the Church gate and other in the courtyard.
“The situation was heart rending. But, Pakistani citizens observed sanity and patience and proved that they were a nation fighting terrorism with bravery and courage.”
Nisar announced three day nation-wide mourning and said, the government will be meeting leaders of Christian community within next three to four days to evolve a national strategy for protection of their lives and worship places.
He also extended support to KPK provincial government to track down the terrorists and efforts for relief to the victims.
The Interior Minister appreciated the conduct of the provincial government and said, at this moment of need both the federal and provincial government stood united to meet the challenge no matter that both belonged to two different parties.
“I am happy to say that today Pakistani nation is one on this issue. Whenever, I visited Sindh, KPK or Balochistan where governments are being run by different parties, I never had an impression of disunity,” he said.
“This is good omen that nation and political parties stand united against terrorism. Today we need to firmly and collectively move forward to root out this menace,” Nisar added.