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Nawaz, Raheel must take 'final decision': Altaf

18 February, 2014

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LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has strongly condemned the killing of 23 FC personnel by the Taliban in their custody and called for a final decision for peace.

Reacting over a letter by Mohmand Agency Taliban chief, which claimed that TTP has killed the FC soldiers to avenge the killing of Taliban fighter, Altaf Hussain said that through bombings and suicide attacks the Taliban have killed hundreds of people including soldiers and police personnel.

"With regard to negotiations with TTP, I have been demanding that if the government has to negotiate with TTP, then there should be no further delay in holding talks.

"The TTP, however, has turned the talks into a joke and has killed hundreds of Pakistan army soldiers, personnel of paramilitary forces and civilians in dozens of suicide attacks and bombings."

The MQM chief urged the prime mister and the army chief to come up with a joint strategy and take the nation into confidence over the situation.

"I appeal to Mr Nawaz Sharif and General Raheel Shareef in the name of Almighty Allah and his last Prophet (PBUH) that now the time for a final decision is upon us, please do not delay the decision any further. Any further delay is likely to cause irreparable damage to the country's integrity and security", he said.

Zardari, Bilawal condemn killing of 23 FC personnel

Former president Asif Ali Zardari has denounced the killing of 23 kidnapped troops by a group of Taliban as a "most barbaric, coward and inhuman" act.

"The admission by a faction of the militants has exposed once again the real intentions of the savage people," he said in a statement on Monday.

"It is hoped that in the fullness of time perpetrators of such heinous crimes will be brought to justice and they will have no place to escape," he said.

The former president also expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for the martyred.

"Those who were assassinated by the militants in cold blood are our martyrs and the heroes of the nation," he said, adding that their sacrifices will not go in vain.

Separately, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, patron-in-chief of PPP, also condemned the killing of 23 soldiers and termed it "an open challenge to the entire nation and its security forces".

In a press statement, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said a handful of individuals and Taliban apologists are trying to push the country into terrorist hands and such massacres of nation's brave soldiers are an eye-opener for all those who love this land and its people.

"It is time to react instead of regret as Pakistan, its people and security forces are under attack from the disguised enemy and our very sovereignty for which our past generations sacrificed is at stake."

He said some people are out to misguide the nation by appeasing terrorists and rubbing salt on the wounds of the victims of terror.

He said Pakistan, Pakistanis and all their institutions have to become one and up against the terrorists and their patrons before everything is wiped out.

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