23 September 2013
Peshawar: According to the Associated Press, Ahmad Marwat, who branded himself as the spokesperson for a wing of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombings outside the Church.
“All non-Muslims in Pakistan are our target, and they will remain our target as long as America fails to stop drone strikes in our country,” Marwat told AFP by telephone.
“We carried out the suicide bombings at PeshawarChurch and will continue to strike foreigners and non-Muslims until drone attacks stop,” he warned.The militant group’s spokesperson further said, “They are the enemies of Islam, therefore we target them. We will continue our attacks on non-Muslims on Pakistani land.”
Previously, the group has claimed responsibility for attacks on minority Shiite Muslims in south western Baluchistan. Earlier this year, in June, the group also claimed responsibility for killing 10 foreign climbers at a base camp of Nanga Parbat, the second highest mountain in Pakistan after K-2.
As per official records, there have been 17 incident of drone attacks have been chronicled this year killing 122 and 20 injured.
Until this time, an agreement was authorized earlier this month by leading political parties who gave their consent to the government to hold talks with militants; however it did not showed the way to any cutback in attacks. The Counter-terror analysts think,” the peace initiative is predestined to fail because the aggressive fundamentalists devastating Pakistan reject Pakistani Government and Constitution as un-Islamic.
Prime Minister- Nawaz Sharif said in a statement, ”Terrorists have no religion and targeting innocent people is against the teachings of Islam and all religions. Cruel acts of terrorism reflect the brutality and inhumane mindset of the terrorists.”
While talking to journalists outside the hospital, Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf Head Imran Khan said the attack was an intentional plot to ruin peace talks. “Isn’t it strange that whenever peace talks are pursued, these attacks take place, and I want to point out that there was also a drone strike today,” he said. For long Imran Khan has been blaming the drone campaign as the derivation of Pakistan’s present turbulence.