LAHORE - Politicians, religious leaders, judges, lawyers, academia, rights activists, media organisations and prominent personalities from all walks of life have condemned Quetta incident, vowing not to let the terrorists succeed in their goal.

They expressed grief over loss of innocent lives in the incident, prayed for the health of injured and showed sympathy with the families of the victims.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly denounced the yesterday’s blast in Civil Hospital Quetta, and directed the concerned authorities to maintain utmost vigilance and beef up security for the legal fraternity and members of civil society.

All the bar councils and associations announced three-day strike in courts and seven-day mourning across the country over target killing of President Balochistan Bar Association Bilal Anwar Kasi coupled with a suicide attack at a hospital that has taken dozens of human lives.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali and judges of all the other courts of the country condemned the terror strike and prayed for quick recover of those victims who fell injured in the suicide attack. LHC Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah telephoned the sitting president of Balochistan High Court Bar Association, Khan Abdul Khani Khan, and showed solidarity with victim families.

Pakistan Bar Council, Punjab Bar Council, Lahore High Court Bar Association and Lahore Bar Association held emergency meetings, and protested against the blast. Journalists staged protests at the press clubs in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and other cities against the killing of three journalists in Quetta blast.

Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar and other minister condemned the attack and expressed grief over the loss of lives. They urged the political parties and the public to be on one page during such an hour of grief while putting aside their differences.

In their separate statements, PTI chairman Imran Khan, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhtto, co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, PML-Q leaders Ch Shujaat and Ch Pervaiz Elahi, MQM leader Farooq Sattar, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq, JUI-F chief Fazalur Rehman, Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen head Allama Nasir Abbas, Islami Tehreek head Allama Sajid Naqvi, Awami Muslim League president Sheikh Rashid, ANP chief Asfand Yar Wali, JUI-S head Maulana Samiul Haq, PAT chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri, and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, expressed grief and sorrow over the incident.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah, KP CM Pervaz Khattak and governors of all the four provinces and Giglit-Baltistan also condemned the suicide hit, and termed it a cowardice act of terror.

JI chief Sirajul Haq strongly condemned the Quetta attack and termed it ‘an attack on Pakistan and her peaceful people’. Addressing a National Conference on international terrorism and Pakistan at Islamabad under the aegis of Mili Yakjehti Council, he said that the premier spy agencies of India and Afghanistan - Research Analysis Wing (RAW) and Khadamat-e Aetela'at-e Dawlati (KHAD) - had a hand in the attack.

The PML-Q leaders, Ch Sujaat and Ch Pervez Elahi expressed their heartfelt grief over large number of lawyers, journalists and civilians causalities in Quetta bomb blast.

PAT chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri and other senior leaders expressed their heartfelt grief over the incident and said the government failed to protect lives of people.

Also, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Pakistan Civil Society Forum (PCSF) strongly condemned the incident.

“The PCSF consider this incident as a serious security failure of the government and all of its agencies,” stated the forum which is representative body of more 50 national level human rights and development organisations from across Pakistan.

Condemning the incident, the judges of the higher courts and lawyers both stopped working. In Lahore, the lawyers boycotted court proceedings and took out a rally at GPO Chowk. They vowed to continue their protest against the security agencies’ failure to control terrorists’ activities.

The PBC condemned the assassination of Balochistan Bar Association president and appealed the lawyers to observe a countrywide strike. Deploring the utter failure of the federal and provincial governments in maintaining law and order situation in the province and to provide security and safety to the people, the council emphasised the need of evolving foolproof practical strategy and plan for improving the law and order situation.

During a press conference, SCBA president Syed Ali Zafar said that they were calling for a strike first time in the history because the judicial system of the country was attacked. He announced three-day strike along with seven-day mourning in the legal fraternity.

LHCBA president Rana Zia Abdul Rehman said that the attack on Balochistan bar lawyers was an attack on Pakistan. He said that the country’ enemies were not accepting Pakistan’s prosperity and economic growth and always tried to push the country back to the darkness of poverty.

The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry stated that Pakistani nation will not bow to the terrorists who are enemies of entire humanity.