KARACHI - The Sindh Assembly on Monday vehemently condemned the barbaric suicide attack on Kohati Gate Church in Peshawar, which killed over 80 people and injuring more than 146 people.

It demanded the federal government to use force against the extremists tarnishing the image of the country in the name of Islam instead of starting dialogue with them.

The provincial legislature through adopting a unanimous resolution witnessed on same page in condemning the act of bloodbath occurred in Peshawar on Christian community, terming it a national tragedy.  The House, which commenced at 11:35am against scheduled the time of 10am with Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza in the Chair took up the resolution to show solidarity with the Christian community.

Through a resolution moved by Dr Mahesh Kumar Malani of ruling PPP and signed by the Arif Masih of MQM, Dr Seema Zia of PTI, Mrs. Nusrat Sehar Abbasi of PML-F and others, signed by the, the Sindh Assembly demanded that perpetrators of the deadly attack should be dealt with iron hands and given exemplary punishment.  The Sindh Assembly members, across the political divide, expressed solidarity with fellow Pakistani Christian brethren, pledging to continue fight against terrorism and work towards a progressive, peaceful Pakistan as envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam.

Senior Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro while concluding the discussion on the resolution said his party suffered a lot in the war against terrorism as terrorists snatched the life of Benazir Bhutto for her courageous stand against the Taliban. He came down hard against the political leaders who are advocating for holding dialogue with the terrorists and connecting the terrorism with drone attacks.

With naming the PTI chief Imran Khan, PPP leader and Sindh’s senior minister said political parties through their Peace March to Fata area had actually encouraged the terrorists while Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had appealed to terrorists to spare his province.

Without naming the parties, Khuhro said some political parties had been pressing for operation in Karachi but they were opting dialogue with the terrorists committing barbaric acts on mosques, churches, other worship places and innocent Pakistanis. “All the political parties have to show resilience.” Opposition leader in Sindh Assembly Faisal Sabzwari of MQM said there was a group with typical mindset and ideology that wanted to enforce their brand of Islam in the country.

MQM leader urged the political parties to stand on same page and show consensus for decisive action of force against the terrorists who are conspiring to destroy the very base of the country envisioned by the founder of Pakistan.

He said this terrorism would not stop after the pull out of Nato forces and end to drone attacks. “Religious extremists wanted to impose their ideology, brand of Islam and are against the very existence of Pakistan,” he added.  PPP leader and Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said extremism was spreading rapidly in the urban and rural areas of Sindh. He emphasised on making a joint strategy to build an impediment against this growing menace.

Without naming any political party, he said some parties want good relations with the religious extremists and terrorist organisations.

Sindh Minister and PPP leader, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani termed the terrorists as evil forces of darkness.

Khurram Sherzaman and Dr Seemi Zia of PTI while going against the views of majority of the House strongly supported the dialogue process with the Taliban. They criticised on the federal government of delay in initiating the negotiation process. They demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar to hold dialogue with the Taliban immediately as delay may further result in loss of lives in future too.

Other lawmakers, including Mahesh Malani, Khairun Nisa Mughal, Murad Ali Shah of PPP, Arif Masih and Bilqees Mukhtar of MQM and Mahtab Akbar Rashdi of PML-F also spoke on the resolution. They said the country was pulled out of democratic track by military dictator in 1979 which was the root cause of present incidents of terrorism and other menaces in the country.

Later, the Chair adjourned the House to meet again on Tuesday (today).