NOWSHERA: The workers of the Awami National Party (ANP) Thursday staged sit-in against the bombing of the tomb of former party president and late poet-politician Ajmal Khan Khattak.
Led by Ihrar Khattak, president ANP Nowshera district chapter, and Farooq Khan advocate, general secretary Pakistan People’s Party, the protesters took out protest procession. They chanted slogans against the destruction of the tomb. They gathered at the Shobra Chowk after blocking the Grand Trunk Road.
Speaking on the occasion, the speakers condemned the bombing of the tomb and said that no religion permitted destruction of shrines or other religious places.They said the militants could not deter the ANP by resorting to such kinds of terror acts.
Malgari Wakeelan District Bar Nowshera condemned the incident and asked the government to apprehend those involved in the act. They called for tightening the security at shrines to thwart such incidents in the future.
They asked the government to get the tomb reconstructed and provide better medical facilities to those who suffered injuries in the blast.The Pakhtun Students Federation staged protest against the terror act committed by the militants and said the ANP had rendered matchless sacrifices for restoring peace in the province and their graves and shrines were also being targetted.
They said the PkSF supported the ANP-led government for establishing peace in the province.Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Haider Hoti, provincial president ANP Afrasiab Khattak, Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain and party leader Arbab Tahir Khan flayed the incident and directed the law-enforcement agencies to launch crackdown against the militants in the area.
Meanwhile, a joint investigation team was constituted to probe the destruction of the tomb.The law-enforcement agencies collected the pieces of evidence from the scene and apprehended 21 suspected persons in raids.