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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

PM Shehbaz calls for political unity as terror grips nation

In Pakistan, the public, along with political leaders has been in an uproar against the attack and demanded strong counter-terrorism action.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has called for political unity as Pakistan once again faces a resurgence of terror activities amid the wake of the horrific Peshawar mosque tragedy.

Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said the terrorists want to spread fear among the public and undo the country’s struggle against terrorism and militancy. The Prime Minister urged political parties in the country to unite and fight political battles later.

Read more: Nation in uproar over Peshawar mosque suicide blast

“Through their despicable actions, terrorists want to spread fear and paranoia among the masses and reverse our hard-earned gains against terrorism and militancy. My message to all political forces is one of unity against anti-Pakistan elements. We can fight our political fights later,” Shehbaz Sharif said.

Monday, a suicide bombing rocked the crowded mosque at the Police Lines compound in Peshawar killing 95, while wounding 221 people. A suicide bomber blew himself up in the mosque on Monday at around 1 pm during the Zohr prayers, causing the roof to come crashing down upon those who were offering the prayers at that time.

The horrific suicide attack sent shockwaves across the country. In fact, the attack made international headlines, and governments of different countries released statements condemning the attack while expressing solidarity with Pakistan.

Read more: World unites to condemn terror attack at Peshawar mosque

In Pakistan, the public, along with political leaders has been in an uproar against the attack and demanded strong action counter-terrorism action. PPP Senator Raza Rabbani on Tuesday even demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the previous government’s “rehabilitation policy” of the proscribed TTP.

Over the past few months, the law and order situation in the country has worsened, with terrorist groups executing attacks with near impunity across the country. Since the talks with the TTP broke down in November, Pakistan has seen a rise in terror attacks, particularly against the police in KP and areas bordering Afghanistan.