ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly has passed a unanimous declaration in condemnation to the terrorist attack on a Church in Peshawar.
After the deadly suicide bombings at the All Saints Church in Kohati Gate area of Peshawar city on Sunday 22nd of September, 2013 the National Assembly has expressed solidarity and sympathies with the Christian community, with the bereaved families and offered prayers for early recovery of the injured.
The unanimously passed resolution says, “This House in the strongest possible terms condemns the heinous, brutal and inhumane terrorist attack on a church, in which more than 81 precious lives, including children and women, have been lost and another over 150 persons received injuries, which is an attack not only against the Christian community but also against Pakistanis.”
This declaration was instigated by the PML-N MNA Zahid Hamid. MNA Hamid demanded that the Federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments should collectively take the indispensable measures to protect the rights of non-Muslims as provided in the Constitution of Pakistan.
The resolution further demands that, “All possible facilities should be provided to the injured and security must be provided to worship places of all non-Muslims, besides taking steps to bring the perpetrators of this incident to justice.”
The legislators decided to continue discussion on the atrocious attack on the Church, which will also continue today 24th of September, 2013. Additionally a one-minute silence was observed in the House in memory of the victims of the incident.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan while initiating the debate updating the House that the Federal government was intending to set up a committee on federal level to make certain protection of all worship places. He articulated belief of nailing the perpetrators of this attack.
Chaudhary Nisar added, “The Federal government, has offered the KPK government to bear the cost of reconstructing the religious site as per the will and wish of the Christian community. The government has also announced three-day mourning on this sad incident.”