Islamabad (Agencies): President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday strongly condemned the terrorist incident at a seminary in Peshawar.
In their separate messages, the president and the prime minister expressed grief over the loss of lives and prayed for the departed souls to rest in peace.
They prayed for the highest ranks for the martyrs and for early recovery of the injured.
President Dr Arif Alvi said that blast was "shocking and saddening for all of us". He called for the "heinous criminal terrorists" to be apprehended and given exemplary punishment.
Peshawar Madrassah blast is shocking and saddening for all of us.. These heinous criminal terrorists must be found & brought to justice with exemplary punishments. My deepest condolences to the families of the Shaheeds. May Allah grant them heaven, and I pray for the injured.— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) October 27, 2020
In his tweet, Prime Minister Imran Khan assured the nation that terrorists responsible for this cowardly barbaric attack will be brought to justice.
Deeply saddened by terrorist attack on madrassah in Peshawar. My condolences go to the victims families & prayers for early recovery of the injured. I want to assure my nation we will ensure the terrorists responsible for this cowardly barbaric attack are brought to justice asap— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 27, 2020
At least eight people were killed and more than 100 were injured in an explosion at a seminary in Peshawar’s Dir Colony on Tuesday.
According to police, the initial reports suggest that an improvised explosive device (IED) was used in the explosion that took place in the main hall of the madrasa (Seminary).
They added that five kilograms of explosives were used in the blast.
Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) Office in Pakistan, while condemning the incident, said it was "appalled" by the attack.
We stand together in shock & grief after the heinous attack today on Jamia Zubairia madrassah, Peshawar, where children take classes. We are appalled by this attack on children while they were in a place of prayer & learning.
Our thoughts are with the victims and their families— United Nations Pakistan (@UNinPak) October 27, 2020
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz strongly condemned the blast and said that those behind the attack on students have nothing to do with humanity.
پشاور مدرسے میں دھماکےکی شدید مذمت کرتے ہیں۔ تعلیم و تدریس حاصل کرنے والے طلباءپرحملہ کرنےوالوں کاانسانیت سے کوئی تعلق نہیں۔ ملک کو عدم استحکام سے دوچار کرنے والوں کے مذموم عزائم خاک میں ملائیں گے۔شہداء کے لواحقین سے دلی اظہار تعزیت اور زخمیوں کی جلد صحت یابی کی دعا کرتے ہیں۔— Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) October 27, 2020
Federal Minister for Interior Ijaz Shah, while condemning the blast, vowed not to spare those involved in the blast.
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar also condemned the incident.
Saddened to learn about Peshawar blast where terrorists in their desperation have attacked innocent children
My prayers for those injured and martyred. May Allah give their families the strength to bear this tragedy!— Usman Buzdar (@UsmanAKBuzdar) October 27, 2020
Moreover, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif also condemned the blast, saying that those who targeted the madressah "could not be Muslims".
پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) کے قائد محمد نواز شریف کی پشاور مدرسے میں دھماکے کی شدید مذمت pic.twitter.com/Ba1LDONlH8— PML(N) (@pmln_org) October 27, 2020
Former president Asif Ali Zardari also condemned the attack.
سابق صدرآصف علی زرداری کی پشاور میں دہشت گردی کی مذمت
نیشنل ایکشن پلان پر من و عن عمل کیا جاتا تو آج مکمل امن ہوتا ، آصف زرداری
انسانیت کا خون بہانے والے ناقابل معافی ہیں، آصف زرداری @AAliZardari— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) October 27, 2020
PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz also condemned the explosion at the seminary and condoled with the victims and their families.
پشاور مدرسہ دھماکہ دل دہلا دینے والا واقع ہے۔بالخصوص بچوں کو ہونے والے نقصان نے انتہائی رنجیدہ کردیا ہے۔ جن ماؤں کی گودیں اجڑ گئیں،انکے دکھ کا تصور اور ازالہ ممکن نہیں!
اللہ تعالیٰ سے دعا ہے کہ لواحقین کو صبر عطا فرمائے اور اس سانحے میں زخمی ہونے والوں کوصحت یابی عطا فرمائے۔آمین— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) October 27, 2020
MNA Mohsin Dawar condemned the blast, saying "neither our schools nor madressahs are safe".
"We have been warning against the regrouping of terrorists in our areas. All terrorist networks need to be dismantled fully," he said.
Strongly condemn the blast in the seminary in Peshawar. Neither our schools nor madrasahs are safe. Heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. We have been warning against the regrouping of terrorists in our areas. All terrorist networks need to be dismantled fully.— Mohsin Dawar (@mjdawar) October 27, 2020