Dr Firdous strongly condemns Lahore blast

ISLAMABAD, May 8 (APP):Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Wednesday strongly condemned the blast near Data Darbar in Lahore.

In a statement, she expressed heartfelt condolences with the families of the martyred and said that those targeting the shrines of Sufi saints were enemies of Pakistan who want to create anarchy in the country through hatching conspiracies.

She said that Pakistani nation including valiant Armed Forces, Rangers, police, intelligence and law enforcement agencies have given supreme sacrifices for rooting out terrorism.

Dr Firdous said that entire nation was united against the scourge of terrorism and will defeat terrorists at all cost. She prayed for the rest of departed souls in eternal peace and for early recovery of the injured.

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Meanwhile talking to private news channels , she said “on behalf of the government and myself, I express heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those injured in the terrorist act” .

Dr Firdous said those who target shrines are enemies of Islam and Pakistan and they are conspiring to destabilize the country.

She said Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued directives for an immediate inquiry report into the incident after the blast.

Terming terrorism a cancer, she said that the government has “zero tolerance” towards this menace.The security forces have been given a free hand to deal with the elements who want to disturb the country’s peace, she added.

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Re-affirming the resolve against terrorism, she said Pakistani nation has always remained steadfast against the terrorists, and such cowardly attacks could not weaken resolve of the nation and morale of security forces.

Firdous Ashiq Awan also made it clear that no one would be allowed to challenge the writ of the State.

She further said enemies of Pakistan were trying to derail development process and spread anarchy but all such attempts would be foiled with unity, patience and up-to-the-mark performance of the law enforcement agencies.