ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly has passed a unanimous resolution strongly condemning the heinous and inhuman attack at Church in Peshawar yesterday in which more than 81 precious lives including women and children lost and caused injuries to 137 others.
The resolution was moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid. The resolution said the attack was not only against Christian but against all Pakistanis. It expressed solidarity with the Christian community and sympathized with the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured.
The resolution demanded of KPK government to take all necessary measures to safeguard the rights of the non-Muslims.
The resolution stressed that all possible facilities should be provided to the injured and security to worship places of all the non-Muslims and take steps to bring the perpetrators of this incident to justice.
Earlier‚ the House began discussion on yesterday’s tragedy in Peshawar. Motion to this effect was moved by Zahid Hamid.
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly‚ Syed Khursheed Shah described the incident as national tragedy. He said we should not indulge on political point scoring on this occasion and face the challenge unitedly.
He assured Opposition’s cooperation to the government at all levels to eliminate terrorism in the country.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said it was not an attack on any community or group‚ it was an attack on Pakistanis. He said efforts should be made to isolate irreconcilable elements from those who want peace.
Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said his party will stand with the nation to curb terrorism in the country. He said we should make the Christian Community realize that they are not alone but the whole nation is with them and share their grief. He said the nation will not accept the specific brand of Islam.
Sahibzada Tariqullah urged the Government to start dialogue with Taliban as soon as possible. He said KPK is the most affected province due to terrorism. He strongly condemned the incident.
PTI’s newly elected member of the National Assembly Imran Khatak took oath as MNA. Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq administered the oath.
Taking part in the discussion Mahmood Khan Achakzai said no serious efforts have been made to make Pakistan a country as envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
He said the country stands at dangerous crossroad and we have to restructure our society to protect it. He said we should prorogue the House in respect of those killed in yesterday’s tragedy and give a message of solidarity with the Christian community.
Zafarullah Khan Jamali said we should speak truth with the nation and humanity should prevail. He condemned the big tragedy occurred in a Peshawar Church yesterday. Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani said after All Parties Conference no progress has been made for dialogue. He expressed grief and sorrow for those killed in the terrorist incidents. He said the war of civilizations has been imposed on us.
The House will now meet tomorrow morning (Tuesday) at 10.30 a.m. NNI