PM Sharif condemns attack on Sufi shrine, urges unity

Source:  Samaa Published in Current Affairs on Thursday, February 16, 2017

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday strongly condemned a suicide attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine which killed at least 25 people and left scores of others wounded.

“The attack on the shrines of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar represents an attack on the progressive, inclusive future of Pakistan; one where every man women and child is entitled to life, liberty and property in the pursuit of happiness no matter their religion,” a statement by PM Sharif said.

“An attack on one of us, is an attack on all,” he said.

“The Sufi people predate Pakistan, and formed an important part in the struggle for it’s formation.

“Any attack on them, is a direct threat to the Pakistan of Jinnah and will be dealt as such. The past few days have been hard, and my heart is with the victims. But we can’t let these events divide us, or scare us,” he said.

“We must stand united in this struggle for the Pakistani identity, and universal humanity.”

“We have faced tougher circumstances, and still persevered. I will do everything in my power to protect this country, and what it represents.”