Foremost national security challenge: Peshawar blast an attack on Pakistan, says PM

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday termed the suspected suicide blast in Peshawar an attack on Pakistan, adding that it terrorism was the foremost national security challenge facing Pakistan.

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During a meeting with the attack’s survivors at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, he made these remarks.

Shehbaz stated that all terrorists and their intermediaries involved in attacks on innocent citizens will be punished and that such cowardly terror attacks will not weaken the nation’s resolve.

In addition, he stated that Muslims could not be those who had killed worshippers.

He made a remark, “Criminals behind the terror attack will not be absolved by Allah,” as he pledged to eliminate terrorists.

On Monday evening, the premier left Islamabad for Peshawar. Chief of Army Staff Gen. Syed Asim Munir, Peshawar Corps Commander, and federal ministers like Interior Rana Sanaullah, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, and Information Minister Marriyam Aurangzeb were with him.

Later on Monday, the premier was expected to preside over an emergency meeting of the relevant authorities, where the preliminary report on the Peshawar blast and the root cause of such incidents will be examined.

The PM was previously briefed by KP Inspector General of Police Muazzam Jah Ansari regarding the preliminary investigations into the alleged suicide attack.

Additionally, CCTV footage of the suicide attack was shown to the PM.

According to PM Shehbaz, terrorists were attacking Pakistan’s security agencies.

He went on to say that they were attempting to instill fear and terror throughout the nation.

He added, “The strength of unity of institutions and people would foil the designs of terrorists,” noting that Pakistan had made great sacrifices against terrorism and would not waste the sacrifices of its martyrs.

Shehbaz stated that the National Action Plan would be fully and comprehensively implemented, as would the capacity of anti-terrorism institutions and police.

He had previously instructed his party members to donate blood to the injured in a tweet before departing for Peshawar.

“I direct the employees of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) to donate blood to save the lives of those injured in the suicide attack,” he wrote in a tweet. I particularly appeal to individuals with “O-Negative” blood, students, and party workers, to get to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar right away and help save precious lives.

PM Shehbaz Sharif earlier reiterated the nation’s resolve and unity to eradicate terrorism by strongly condemning the attack on a mosque at Peshawar Police Lines.

He said in a statement that the attack on a mosque showed that the perpetrators had nothing to do with Islam and that the killing of Muslims as they worshipped was against Islamic teaching.

He reaffirmed his determination to eliminate such elements waging war against Pakistan and stated that the terrorists wanted to cause panic by targeting those protecting the country.

The perpetrators of mass murder will be held accountable. He made a remark, “The entire nation, institutions included, was united against terrorism.”

He stated that the nation honored the martyrs and that the government would develop a plan to address the deteriorating state of law and order in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The prime minister stated that the federal government would support the provinces in their efforts to strengthen their anti-terrorism capacities.

He instructed the federal interior minister to enhance the capabilities of the provinces’ counterterrorism departments, particularly those in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The premier prayed for the souls who had passed away to find peace and for their families to have the strength to bear the loss with fortitude.

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