The Peshawar mosque blast has sent shockwaves through the country. Political leaders have come out in numbers to condemn the attack widely as they promise strict action against the terrorist organisation who plotted the suicide blast.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took to his Twitter account on Jan 30, sharing that he visited the injured people. He says, “The sheer scale of the human tragedy is unimaginable.” The premiere also termed terrorism as Pakistan’s ‘foremost security challenge.’
The President of Pakistan’s Office tweeted that such acts of terrorism cannot shake the resolve of the nation. The statement further added that the country stands with security forces for complete elimination of terrorists.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed his remorse over the loss of innocent lives, “My heartfelt condolences to the affected families.”
MNA North Waziristan Mohsin Dawar blamed the state’s flawed Afghan policy, “Those who continue to support the Taliban need to be held accountable.”
PTI Chief Imran Khan strongly condemned the blast. He added that ‘intelligence gathering and equipment for police forces’ must be improved.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Maryam Nawaz Sharif extended her condolences to the grieving family.
Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman says the attack reminded her of ‘mobilised long, costly kinetic operations against violent extremism in 2008.’
Emergency was declared in the provincial capital’s medical facilities. Police vans were originally used to transport the dead bodies and injured patients to Lady Reading Hospital (LRH). Later, Rescue 1122 took up the operation. While individuals with lesser injuries were allowed to leave the facility, several of the injured people are reportedly in critical condition.
The total death toll is now up by 94, and 157 were reported to be injured. Overnight, emergency workers rescued 7 more people stuck under mosque debris.
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