Debate continues in NA over Peshawar church attack

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday continued to debate Sunday’s twin blasts on a century-old church in Peshawar for a second consecutive day.

Senior PTI leader Javed Hashmi called for talks to continue with Taliban despite the deadly attack, which killed 84 people and left another 146 wounded at All Saints Church in Peshawar.

Religion had been used to come into power, he said, adding that government should continue with its plan to hold peace talks with the militant group.

Taking part in the debate, PKMAP leader Mahmood Khan Achakzai said that “I apologize to the Christian community if they are hurt by remarks I made in the house yesterday,” he said, adding that he cancel off those remarks. “I wasn’t meant to hurt anyone,” he explained.

Federal Minister Kamran Michael said the attack was not on Christians, it was an assault on Pakistan’s sovereignty. “The Christian community is well wisher of Pakistan,” Micheal said.

JUI-F’s minority member Asia Nasir said those targeting the innocent people don’t deserve to be called as humans. “Attackers of the church don’t belong to any religion,” she said.