Wednesday May 08 2019
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PM Imran, President Alvi condemn Lahore blast targetting police

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PM Imran and President Alvi condemn Lahore blast targetting police. Photo: File 

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi condemned the suicide blast outside Data Darbar shrine in Lahore in which at least eight people including three police officials were martyred on Wednesday.

PM Imran strongly denounced the blast outside Data Darbar. 

The prime minister has sought a report of the incident and has directed the authorities concerned to provide the best possible medical treatment to those injured in the blast. 

The president deplored the loss of precious lives in the incident and said those involved in such despicable incident in the holy month of Ramzan are misguided elements.

Govt's negligence over NAP implementation to blame: Shehbaz 

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif also condemned the blast and there was control over the terrorism during Nawaz Sharif's f-ve years in power. 

“There was control over terrorism during Nawaz Sharif’s tenure. It is the government’s negligence to be so careless about the implementation of the National Action Plan,” Shehbaz said.

The PML-N leader further said the escalating peace situation was alarming. “We have to consider why these incidents are happening again,” Shehbaz said.

“Those who do these things at shrines are not Muslims,” Shehbaz said, adding, “Those who pull these kinds of acts are enemies of Islam and Pakistan.”

PML-N vice-president Hamza Shehbaz also condemned the attack and said, we will defeat the enemies of Pakistan.

“We need to keep working on the steps that were taken by Nawaz Sharif against terrorism,” Hamza said, adding these acts are a cause of concern for the nation.

Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan strongly condemned the blast and said those targeting the shrines of Sufi saints were enemies of Pakistan who wanted.

"The Pakistani nation including valiant armed forces, rangers, police, intelligence and law enforcement agencies have given supreme sacrifices for rooting out terrorism," she said.

Dr Firdous added, the entire nation was united against the scourge of terrorism and will defeat terrorists at all cost.

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Siraj-ul-Haq also condemned the blast targetting police.

British High Commissioner Thomas Drew also condemned the attack and said, "Horrific at any time, but all the more so on the second day of Ramazan. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends."

Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani also condemned the blast and said terrorists will not be successful in sabotaging the peace of the country.

At least three police officials are among the martyred with at least 25 people injured in a blast which targeted a police van carrying the Elite Force of Punjab Police.