In a public statement, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari condemns the attack on the Islamabad Marriott Hotel and pledges to stand with other nations in a fight against terrorism.

Concerned over the failure to implement the National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism, PPP co-chairman and former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday that the state does not have the authority to pardon the killers of innocent people.

In a message on the seventh anniversary of the tragic APS Peshawar attack, Zardari said that the killers of the innocent, planners and facilitators of the APS attack should be brought to justice.

He added that negotiating with terrorists undermines and humiliates the state.

“The National Action Plan was a promise to punish terrorists. Unfortunately, the promise to the nation has not been fulfilled, ” he stated.

In an apparent response to the government’s reports and declarations that it was in negotiations with the TTP, Zardari said that until criminals are apprehended, the nation will continue to owe the innocent martyrs.

He stated that the APS tragedy is “still a bleeding wound.”

Paying tribute to the martyrs of the APS attack and soldiers, Zardari saluted the “brave sons of the army” who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country. Additionally, he lauded the “brave officers of the police and security agencies” for their valour and courage.

Zardari said that if given a chance, these terrorists would be “apprehended” and “sentenced to death”. He stated that they [terrorists] do not deserve pardon of the state at any cost, who are the killers of innocent children, men, and women.

Zardari noted that if the PPP is given another chance, the terrorists will be given exemplary punishment and will be wiped out of the country, just as they were in Swat.


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