COAS terms Quetta attack as attempt to create religious cleavage

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned Sunday’s terrorist attack at a church in Quetta, said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
According to the statement, the COAS has called that attack an attempt to cloud Christmas celebrations/create religious cleavages.
“Quetta church attack targeting our brotherly Christian Pakistanis is an attempt to cloud Christmas celebrations / create religious cleavages. Effective response by LEAs is commendable. We stay united and steadfast to respond against such heinous attempts” COAS,” DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted after the attack.
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also strongly condemned the attack in their separate messages.
The President said the terrorists’ cowardly attacks would not weaken the nation’s resolve.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal condemned the attack as a sign of “cowardice” and said Pakistan’s enemies want to spread violence in the country.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan also condemned the attack and shared his condolences with the bereaved families.
At least eight people were killed and several sustained injuries when a suicide bomber attacked a church on Zarghoon Road in Quetta on Sunday morning.

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