ISLAMABAD - Chairman Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan Saturday expressed his grave concern over the incitement to sectarian violence that is spreading across the country. He appealed to the people of Pakistan to ensure that the nefarious designs of hate mongers and enemies of Islam and Pakistan are thwarted by a show of unity across the land.

Those who are spreading this message of hatred amongst Muslims are clearly enemies of Islam and Pakistan and are deliberately destroying the stability and peace of the country. PTI condemns all such agendas, Khan declared.

Since law and order situation in some parts of Punjab after Rawalpindi’s incident is unsatisfactory, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Saturday appealed to all religious scholars of different thoughts to maintain calm and avoid giving in to provocation of miscreants.

Fazl held a series of meetings with religious scholars, including a delegation of Darul Aloom Ul Quaran Raja Bazaar (Rawalpindi) to deliberate on ways to defuse the situation.

In a statement, Fazl also blamed that the administration of Pindi did not intervene timely to defuse the tension and also fire brigade services were not dispatched as a result 10 people lost their lives.  “The Punjab chief minister has assured me that all culprits involved in the heinous crime will be arrested and investigation will be made through a High Court Judicial Commission,” he added.

Fazl said that CM assured that a High Court judicial commission will for formed soon. “All those found guilty will be punished as per the law,” he added.

He said that CM also assured that compensation will be given to the victims’ families.

Fazl spoke to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Secretary Punjab and Commissioner Pindi and urged them to help the administration of seminary and Ulema to retrieve dead bodies and help the injured.

He said that hatred based on sects is unacceptable and people should foil the nefarious design of sectarian monsters that want to pitch Muslims against Muslims. He also called upon religious scholars to help calm the situation in the country.