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Pakistan seeks afghan govt help to curb terror attacks: FO spokesperson

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said that Pakistan wants a serious cooperation from the Afghan government to curb terrorism.

She hoped that Afghanistan will fulfill its commitments made to Pakistan and the international community to discourage militancy.

The Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch stated this on Thursday while talking to media during weekly briefing.

She said, “terrorism is a common threat to both Pakistan and Afghanistan and the countries must take a strong stand against such entities that use violence against innocent citizens and law enforcement agencies.”

Ms Baloch said that Pakistan wants to eliminate terrorism and safeguard the security of every citizen.

She further said, “We [Pakistanis] do not believe in accusations or finger-pointing. However, we would reiterate our expectations that no country should allow its territory to be used for perpetrating terrorism against Pakistan. It is time that the commitments made to the world are fulfilled with sincerity and in good faith actions.”

The FO spokesperson was responding to journalists questions in the wake of a deadly blast in Peshawar police lines mosque in which 101 worshiper lost their lives.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Inspector General of KP Police Moazzam Jah Ansari said that a suicide bomber carried out the deadly blast at the Police Lines Mosque on Monday.

The suicide bomber was wearing a police uniform and mask, resultantly the
police officials did not take notice of him.

KP police chief stated this on Thursday in a press conference while sharing
with media the findings of the 2023 deadliest blast in Peshawar till Thursday.

He said, “We will avenge every drop of blood of our martyrs.”

IG Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that the police have identified the network
involved in the blast and action will be taken against the culprits.

He pointed out that the police have identified the suicide bomber through
the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage and his head was recovered from
the mosque after the blast.

It may be noted that the death toll of the suicide blast in Police Lines
mosque in Peshawar surged to 101 on Thursday as doctors reported more
casualties. Till Monday night, the number of casualties stood at 44, which
increased to 101 by Thursday morning, according to doctors.

About 150 people were still in the hospitals with wounds they sustained from
the suicide blast during Zohr prayers in Police Lines mosque in

According to media reports, a suicide bomber, standing in the front row
during Zohr prayers, blew himself up in the mosque on Monday at 1 pm.

The roof of the mosque also collapsed on the worshipers which caused more
casualties and fatalities. 

Meanwhile, Caretaker Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muhammad Azam Khan
has announced a day of mourning in the province on Tuesday.

He said the national flag will be at half-mast across the province.

According to security officials, the suicide attacker was present in the
front row during the prayers when he exploded himself, injuring dozens of
faithful offering Zohr prayers.

Peshawar Deputy Commissioner Shafi Ullah Khan has confirmed 101 casualties
of worshipers.

According to media reports, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed
responsibility for the most tragic suicide blast in Peshawar.

The suicide attacker was present in the front row of the mosque during the
Zohr prayers. He exploded himself, killing two cops and injuring dozens of
faithful offering Zohr prayers.

The injured were shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital of Peshawar.

Javed Mahmood
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