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Musharraf strongly condemns Charsadda suicide bombing
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19:19, December 21, 2007

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Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Friday strongly condemned the act of terrorism in Charsadda during Muslim Eid prayers that killed over 50 people and injured 100 others, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

Musharraf said no Muslim could even think of committing such a heinous crime that took the lives of a large number of innocent faithfuls, who had gathered to say their Eid prayers.

A handful of extremists were bent upon forcing their way of "distorted thinking" on the vast majority of moderate and practicing Muslims, which was totally unacceptable, Musharraf said.

Musharraf expressed his firm resolve to continue to fight against the threat of extremism and terrorism, undeterred by such incidents and said the perpetrators of such crimes will be pursued relentlessly.

Musharraf expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and directed the security and intelligence agencies to track down the masterminds behind this abhorrent act. He also directed the authorities to ensure best possible treatment to the injured.

A suicide bomber blew up himself when former Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao and some 1000 people were offering Eid prayers in a mosque in his hometown Charsadda of North West Frontier Province.

Sherpao survived the attack unhurt while his younger son received injuries.

The Interior Ministry directed all the four provincial authorities to further beef up security across the country following the suicide attack in Charsadda.

The security across the country was already on high alert during the Eid and additional deployments were made at all places where Eid prayers were to be held.

Source: Xinhua

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