KARACHI - Expressing profound grief over the human losses, leaders of different political and religious parties have strongly condemned the attack on Imamia Masjid in Peshawar’s Hayatabad area that left 20 people dead and 50 injured.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned Hayatabad attack, saying these attacks will not weaken the resolve of the nation to fight militants and defeat them to the finish.

He said this heinous attack represent the distorted minds and philosophy of these terrorists. Pakistani nation is united against these terrorists and soon they will meet their due fate. Zardari directed the PPP leadership and workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to reach out to the victims’ families and help them in rehabilitation.

Jammat-e-Islami former chief Munawar Hassan and JI Karachi chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman have condemned the Peshawar attack. They demanded the government to take stern action against the terrorists. It is the matter of concern that the attacks were occurring in the presence of the police, Rangers and other security agencies, they added. JI leaders demanded the government to provide foolproof security to mosques and imambargahs. Expressing deep sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives, both the JI leaders prayed for immediate recovery of the injured.

Offering condolences to the bereaved families, MQM chief Altaf Hussain said the enemies of Pakistan had targeted Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Killing innocent people was an inhuman act which is not permitted in any religion of the world. The people carrying out such activities do not deserve to be called Muslims, he added. “The forces should take action against the terrorists and their supporters. Moreover, the government should take solid steps for the security of people.” He prayed for eternal peace to those who lost their lives and speedy recovery to those injured in this mayhem.

ANP Sindh chief Shahi Syed termed the attack barbaric and inhuman act. He said the terrorists were killing innocent people to harm the harmony among various sects. He demanded the authorities to take stern action against terrorists despite practicing delay tactics.

Pakistan Sunni Tehreek (PST) chief Sarwat Ijaz Qadri terming the attack a cowardly attempt by the terrorists said the nation stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Pakistan Army. The government instead of condemning must take visible action against these elements. He said all the political and religious forces were united on the issue of terrorism and ready to play their due role for elimination of terrorism from the country.

Similarly, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad and other parties’ leaders including JUP, JUI, Jammatud Dawa, PTI Sindh Chapter leaders, Islami Yakjehati Council and others have also expressed grief over the incident.

THREE-DAY MOURNING ANNOUNCEd

Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) has announced 3-day mourning over the attack during Friday prayers in Masjid-e-Imamia, Hayatabad area of Peshawar. To review course of action, Allama Raja Nasir Abbas, secretary general of the MWM, presided a hurriedly-called meeting of his cabinet.  MWM central cabinet condemned the brutal suicide bombings in the mosque in Peshawar and hold federal government responsible for Masjid-e-Imamia attack.

MWM leaders informed that mourning congregations and rallies would be held during the 3-day mourning. They said Shias believe that federal and provincial governments of different parties were responsible for Shia Muslims’ killing because non-serious attitude over the key issue was claiming the lives of innocent people. Moreover, the banned outfits were carrying out attacks openly.

Meanwhile, ISO stage sit-in at Numaish Chowrangi. Participants holding banners and party flags chanted slogans against the government. The speakers demanded the government to avoid delaying tactics and take stern action against the responsible of Shikarpur and Hayatabad bombing. They said the Sindh government had failed to provide security to the Shias. Hayatabad Imamia Masjid attack occurred due to incompetence of the KP government. Terrorists were executing their nefarious plans under the nose of the rulers, they added.