ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Minister for Interior Affairs Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that a meeting of the Christian leaders is being convened within the next few days to discuss a national level plan for security of places of worship and resolution of the problems of the minorities. He said that the full state force would be used for tracing the terrorists involved in the Peshawar carnage, adding that the terrorists would be given exemplary punishments. He said that the Peshawar incident and all parties’ conference should not be inter-linked.
This he said while giving a policy statement on Peshawar Church tragedy in the National Assembly on Monday. He said that the group which has claimed the responsibility is not exist in Pakistan. He said that 81 persons have been killed in the suicide bombings and 137 were injured, adding that the killed include 34 women and four children.
The Interior Minister said the repair of the Peshawar Church would be carried out at the Government’s expense.
The Interior Minister informed the House that death toll in yesterday’s Church blasts in Peshawar has reached to eighty-one including thirty-four women and seven children. He said one hundred and thirty-seven people injured in the incident and ten of them are in critical condition.
He assured the House that the culprits involved in this terrorist incident will be brought to justice.
He said a meeting of the Christian community from all over the country will be convened within three to four days to review the security of their worship places. He said a policy, programme and network will be prepared for the security of their worship places.
He said we should give a message of unity on this occasion and should not do politics on such kind of tragedies. He said we have to work together to eliminate the terrorists.
The Interior Minister said a Group has accepted the responsibility of the incident but he said it was doubtful because that Group has no presence over there.
Giving details of the incident, he said it happed at 11.40 a.m. when the Christian Community is busy in their worship. He said there were four security personnel on duty including a Sub-Inspector, Head Constable and two FC jawans. He said one suicide bomber entered the Church and blew him. In this attack FC jawan Zahid Gul was also martyred and Police Head Constable injured. The other entered from other side and blew himself.
The Minister appreciated the role of Christian leaders and priests who demonstrated patience and also asked their people to do so. He strongly condemned the inhuman act and every kind of help from the Federal Government to the KPK Government particularly for treatment of the injured. The House also offered Fateha for the martyred security personnel in the incident.