ISLAMABAD: Federal ministers, political parties and lawyer fraternity strongly condemned the terror attack on Islamabad district courts, resulting in loss of precious lives and injuries to many others.
Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, Chief Minister Khyber Pakthunkhwa Pervez Khattak and Interim President Awami National Party Haji Adeel condemned the attack on the district courts.
The Interior Minister sought report from Director General National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) on the incident.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker also condemned the incident of firing and bomb blast and expressed profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.
Talking to mediamen at Islamabad airport, Maulana Samiul Haq said Taliban negotiating committee condemned terror attack in district courts and called for unity to save the peace process from conspiracies.
He said, “We are saddened over the attack in Islamabad as the enemy is destroying our efforts and our apprehensions have been proven right today.”
“We condemn the terrorist attack. We are happy that Taliban have also condemned the attack,” he added.
Lawyers bodies across the country condemned the attack and boycotted the court proceedings.
General Secretaries of Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) and District Bar Association (DBA) demanded probe in the bomb blasts at the courts in which Additional Sessions Judge Rafaqat Awan was also killed.
General Secretary IHCBA Shireen Rehman termed the district administration responsible for the incident.
She maintained that it was the sole responsibility of the local administration and law enforcement agencies to ensure the protection of lives and property of every citizen.
Flaying the security arrangements at the F-8 courts, General Secretary DBA, Naeem Gujjar stated that they have been demanding for removing the loopholes in security at the premises of courts but the administration turned deaf ears towards their demands.
Gujjar stated that the walk-through-gates at F-8 district courts were out of orders and scanners were not functioning at all which gave open ground to terrorists for the attack.
They demanded of the government to ensure foolproof security arrangements at all the courts, especially at district and high courts in order to pervert such incidents in future.
Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) in Karachi strongly condemned the terrorist attack.
The general body meeting of SHCBA held soon after the incident expressed deep grief and sorrow over the killing of innocent people in the terrorism act and demanded strict action against the culprits.
The meeting also demanded of the authorities to ensure security of lawyers and the courts.
District Bar Association in Multan also condemned the attack and urged the government to provide security to lawyers.
District Bar Association held meeting of general assembly to express sympathy with victims’ families.
DBA President Sher Zaman Qureshi while addressing the lawyers stated that government should devise concrete measures to counter terrorists.
A meeting of Awami National Party Organising committee in Peshawar with its Interior Provincial President Bashir Ahmed Matta in chair strongly condemned the attack.
ANP extended support to government in establishing peace in the country.