RAWALPINDI (INP): Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa said on Tuesday that they will not allow the enemy’s plans to use terrorism as a tool for fanning sectarianism in the country to succeed.
The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release that the army chief would be spending the second day of Eid in Parachinar, however, ISPR Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor informed later that the army chief could not travel to Kurram Agency owing to inclement weather.
“Army authorities are in communication with Parachinar victims’ families and local tribal leaders. The army chief will go immediately [to Parachinar] on clearance of weather,” said Maj Gen Ghafoor.
We all are united as Muslims and Pakistanis, said Gen Bajwa, according to the ISPR’s earlier statement.
The army chief, in the last two days, has held meetings with ulemas of various sects and asked them to strive to end sectarianism, informed sources.
On Tuesday, the sit-in by the bereaved of victims entered its fifth day, as grief-stricken locals protest against the tragic loss of lives in the back-to-back blasts that hit Parachinar on Friday.
The families of the victims have gathered in Shaheed Park where they continue their protest against the repeated terrorist attacks in Parachinar.
The bereaved of the martyrs and other locals also offered Eid prayers at Shaheed Park on the first day of Eid and held special prayers.
On Sunday, Peshawar Corps Commander Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt reached Parachinar and assured the families of martyrs and local tribes that those responsible behind the attack would be traced.
The corps commander addressed a local jirga and emphasised that the role and participation of locals in support of security forces is vital in bringing back normalcy in Parachinar, said a statement by the ISPR.
Lt Gen Butt also visited the injured in hospital and offered prayers for the martyrs.