US President George W Bush on Saturday condemned the terrorist bombing at a hotel in Islambad that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more. “This bombing, the latest in a series of terrorist attacks, is part of a continuing assault on the people of Pakistan. This attack is a reminder of the ongoing threat faced by Pakistan, the United States, and all those who stand against violent extremism,” Bush said in a statement.
“We will assist Pakistan in confronting this threat and bringing the perpetrators to justice,” he added. “We will fully support the democratically-elected government of Pakistan and the Pakistani people as they face enormous challenges economically as well as from terrorism.”
Secretary-General UN Mr. Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s “heinous” terrorist attack on the Marriott Hotel in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, which has reportedly killed and injured a large number of people. “He expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of this appalling attack, as well as to the Government and people of Pakistan,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.
US presidential Candidates have issued following statements n response to the deadly bombing in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Barack Obama: “I strongly condemn the tragic terrorist attack in Pakistan, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. Today’s attack demonstrates the grave and urgent threat that Al Qaeda and its affiliates pose to the United States, to Pakistan, and to the security of all nations. As the attack earlier this week on our embassy in Yemen shows, over seven years after 9/11, the terrorist threat knows no borders, and the terrorists threaten innocent civilians of all religions and regions. Now is the time to refocus our efforts on defeating Al Qaeda and securing the American people.
John McCain: “Today’s attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad is an outrageous act of violence. Cindy and I express our deepest condolences for the loss of life, and our thoughts and prayers are with those hurt or killed in the attack.
Today’s bombing must serve to deepen the resolve of Americans and Pakistanis alike to aggressively confront those terrorist groups that seek our destruction. While no organization has yet taken responsibility for this act, it is well known that Pakistan faces an enduring threat from violent Islamic extremism. We must work with the elected government of Pakistan to find those responsible, hold them accountable, and diminish their ability to threaten us and our allies in the future. It also serves as one more demonstration of the need for the next President to work closely with our partners and allies in order to counter the dangers posed by radical Islamic extremism.”
Foreign Secretary Britain Mr. David Miliband said: “This latest bombing attack in Islamabad is yet another shocking and disgraceful attack without justification. Such an indiscriminate and brutal act of terror deserves the condemnation of the entire international community. My condolences and sympathies go out to those who have suffered as a result of this atrocity.” He continued: “We continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Government of Pakistan against the violent extremists who have no answers but only offer death and mayhem.
Conservative leader David Cameron, who recently visited Pakistan, said: “I utterly condemn the terrible attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad. “Like the attempt on the life of Prime Minister Gilani, which took place during my own visit to Islamabad earlier this month, this is an appalling reminder of the constant threat that terrorism poses to Pakistan, and to its return to democracy.