COAS condemns Peshawar blast, offers condolence

RAWALPINDI, July 11 (INP): Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday shared the grief of Bilour family & ANP on the condemnable targeting of Haroon Bilour & victims of heinous terrorist attack.

According to the ISPR, Chief of the Army Staff said that we are fighting against nexus of inimical forces which aren’t willing to absorb a peaceful & stable Pakistan.

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted COAS shares grief of Bilour family & ANP on condemnable targeting of Haroon Bilour & victims of heinous terrorist attk. “We are fighting against nexus of inimical forces which aren’t willing to absorb a peaceful & stable Pakistan. We remain undeterred & shall IA defeat them” COAS.

On the other hand, Caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk, heads of various political parties and other prominent leaders denounced the attack on ANP corner meeting. Condemning the terrorist attack, Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza termed it a “weakness of security institutions.” He said that the attack was a conspiracy to against transparent elections, noting that the provincial governments were ordered to provide fool-proof security to all candidates. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has expressed sorrow over the deaths of Haroon Bilour and other ANP workers. In his message on Twitter, Khan condemned the terrorist attack on ANP corner meeting. PTI chief Imran Khan tweeted, Sad to learn of Haroon Bilour and 2 other ANP workers deaths and strongly condemn the terrorist attack at the ANP corner mtg in Peshawar. All political parties and their candidates must be provided proper security during their election campaigns by the State. The PTI chief called for provision of security to all political parties and their candidates during their election campaigns. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif has expressed great grief over the said demise of ANP leader Haroon Bilour and others in the Peshawar explosion. He said that terrorists were trying to wrap up the democratic set-up in the country. Nawaz Sharif said that terrorists will not be succeeded in their evil designs. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed sorrow over the martyrdom of Haroon Bilour. He said it was becoming clear as to who terrorists wanted out of the election race. “The terror attack on pro-democracy individuals is a conspiracy,” Bilawal said, adding that they shared grief of the Bilour family. “The nation should be aware of the fact as to what do terrorists wish,” the PPP chairman added. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shehbaz Sharif said he was “grieved to learn about shahadat of Haroon Bilour” and that he “strongly condemn[ed] this barbaric act of terrorism”. Former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif tweeted Shocking news from Peshawar: Grieved to learn about shahadat of Haroon Bilour. Strongly condemn this barbaric act of terrorism on a public meeting. Its govt & ECP’s responsibility 2 provide fool-proof security 2 political parties leaders. My condolences to bereaved families & ANP Bilour family has suffered the worst terrorist violence & rendered sacrifices for Pakistan. Basheer Bilour Shaheed was a brave leader who was martyred 6 years ago. Son of Haroon Bilour is reported to be critically injured along with others. Pray for his & others’ early recovery,” the former CM Punjab added. Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal said those, who had their hands coloured with the blood of innocents, did not deserve to be considered as humans. He called the authorities for bringing the perpetrators of Peshawar blast to justice. Mian Iftikhar Hussain, a leader of the Awami National Party (ANP), which had named Bilour as its candidate for Peshawar’s PK-78 constituency in the July 25 elections, said the government had failed to provide security to the party. “Perhaps someone wishes to sabotage the elections … wants to push the ANP out of the electoral race,” he said. However, the “ANP will fully participate in the elections”, he added. INP/LK/AJ