ISLAMABAD - Former President Asif Ali Zardari has condemned the suicide attack in Rawalpindi on Tuesday night, hours after the government reiterated its policy to give priority to dialogue and negotiations with the militants .
The former President said that while the PPP has been supporting the government in holding talks with the militants it also wishes to remind that the militants are not interested in peace talks and their sole agenda is to capture state power and institutions through force. The suicide attack in Rawalpindi Tuesday night within hours of the reiteration of peace talks offer should serve to dispel the doubts about the real intentions of the militants , he said.
Zardari also expressed profound grief over the deaths in the suicide bomb attack. The former President offered sincere condolences to the members of bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace for those killed in the attack and for the early recovery of the injured.
The former President also strongly condemned as “despicable and cowardly” the attack on Khajori checkpoint in Miranshah, North Waziristan, on Wednesday evening. According to media reports five soldiers embraced martyrdom and over two dozens injured in the explosion. He said that it was a shameful act of cowardice on the part of militants to attack the soldiers when they were offering prayers.
The former President said that such attacks have not and will not weaken the resolve of the armed forces or of the people to root out militancy and militants . The nation will fight the brutal militants to the finish, he said.
Zardari also prayed for the eternal peace to the departed souls and early recovery of the injured.