PESHAWAR: The province mourns as the provincial government announces three-day mourning in expression of solidarity with the affected families.
According to details, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has censured the twin suicide blasts in a local Church on Sunday; announcing three-day mourning. The Municipal Corporation Peshawar has also said that,”They will not perform duty for three days to mourn the deaths of the victims of All Saints Church suicide blasts.”
After the incident, the indignant relatives of the victims Christian community placed dead bodies on G.T. Road and blocked vehicular traffic for some time. Police diverted the traffic to altered routes. The furious protesters also shattered windowpanes of LadyReadingHospital and chanted slogans against the Government. They attempted an attack on police personnel deployed at the Church as well as at the hospital. The protesters set ablaze the belongings of policemen including their uniforms and beds outside the Church.
For the moment, the missionary schools in the provincial capital have as well announced three-day mourning cancelling their scheduled functions. PresentationConventHigh School has postponed its anniversary programme scheduled for September 24 due to the mourning. The Principal of Convent School has strongly condemned the attack and said that;” New date for the programme would be announced later.”
The Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has issued directives to investigate into the incident saying,”It is a conspiracy against the government.” He guaranteed the victim families of his full support, saying that,” political parties should avoid scoring points over the bodies because negative statements could not mitigate problems of the people.”
The CM added that,” Worship places of all religions are equally sacred and the government would take all possible steps to protect them.” The Provincial Minister for Information Shah Farman proclaimed reimbursement of 5 million Rupees for each deceased while 2 million Rupees each for the injured, saying,” It was conspiracy to sabotage the peace process.”
Majlis Wahdat Muslimeen (MWM), on the other hand has also stepped forward announcing three days mourning, asserting,” The incident a failure of the policies of Nawaz Sharif government.” The MWM has asked Federal and Provincial governments to initiate operation against the terrorists without any further postponement. It said that,” Terrorists were targeting mosques, imam bargahs, churches and bazaars but the government was reluctant to take action against them.”
The Awami National Party has also announced three days mourning while expressing its solidarity with the Christian community. The ANP spokesperson Mian Iftikhar Hussain said,” it made no difference that his party was not in the government. They had sympathies with the victim families. Government failed to devise an effective strategy for restoration of peace and against terrorists. That’s why terrorists were attacking innocent people.”
Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao – Chairman of Qaumi Watan Party has also condemned the suicide attacks and described it a brutal act against the humanity. In a statement, he expressed solidarity with the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured. He also asked the heath authorities to provide best medical facilities to the injured.
The QWP Chairman said that,” The incident grieved the entire nation and Muslims equally shared the grief of their Christian brethren. He also announced mourning for one day.” “The security of the places of worship should be beefed up to avoid such incidents in the future. Minorities would not be abandoned at that critical juncture.”
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam leaders Haji Abdul Jalil Jan, Maulana Ghulamullah and Haji Ghulam Ali have also condemned the disastrous incident and portrayed it as an attempt to incapacitate the process for re-establishment of peace in the region. They said,” This barbaric incident was a conspiracy against Islam.”