World leaders have condemned the suicide bombing in Pakistan that killed at least 60 people and several dozens injured.
EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, condemned Sunday in the “strongest possible terms the despicable bomb attack” in which 60 people were killed and dozens more injured in front of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad yesterday. “I wish to convey my sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Pakistani government. My thoughts are also with those who were injured, to whom I wish a prompt recovery,” said Solana in a statement.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul sent his condolences to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari following a terrorist bombing in Islamabad and strongly condemned the attack. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan also strongly condemned the terrorist attack and expressed his government’s support for Pakistan’s fight against terrorism.
A statement by the Presidential Press Center said on Sunday said that President Gul sent a message expressing his condolences to Pakistani President Zardari regarding the terrorist bombing at a hotel in Islamabad which killed several on Sept. 20. “I strongly condemn this appalling attack which aimed at spoiling domestic peace. I believe that those who waged this attack will be defeated by the national unity and communal compromise,” he said.
OTTAWA: Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada has condemned the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad which killed at least 60 people on Saturday, and offered its support for the Pakistani government. According to statement, Canada “condemns the bomb attack and the appalling loss of life and injuries it has caused to so many innocent people.” “The use of violence and terror against innocent civilians must never be tolerated and we condemn those who have perpetrated this terrible act,” read the statement. It added that Canada “continues to stand beside the government and people of Pakistan in their fight against extremism and terror.
Indian premier condemns Islamabad bomb attack
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed his deep shock and sorrow over the attack at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad and condemned the act of terrorism. In his message to Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani he said, “I write to express our deep shock and sorrow at yesterday’s attack at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that has claimed so many innocent lives and injured many others.”
“We strongly condemn this act of terrorism. Such attacks are a grim reminder of the challenges we face from destructive forces which have pitted themselves against the values of democracy and pluralism and the voices of moderation.They threaten the peace, stability and development of each of us individually and all of us collectively. We must not allow such forces to succeed. They must be dealt with and brought to justice,” the Prime Minister said.
Japanese govt shocked over suicide attack
ISLAMABAD: The Japanese government expressed its deep shock over the suicide attack on Marriott Hotel in Islamabad which resulted in a large number of casualties. In a message of condolence on Sunday, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said, “We express sympathy for the victims and send condolences to their bereaved families. We also pray for the early recovery of injured.”
“The government of Japan firmly condemns these bombings as inexcusable acts. We pay our respect to and have supported the government of Pakistan which has tackled with war on terror while making enormous sacrifices,” the statement said. “We are resolved to continue our support to President Asif Ali Zardari and the government of Pakistan that declared their strong determination not to give way to this act of terrorism,” it added.
British Government condemns Islamabad bombing
LONDON:The British Government has condemned the bomb attack at Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel and termed the act as a “disgraceful attack without justification”. The British Foreign Secretary David Miliband commenting on the incident 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”.
Expressing his deepest condolences and sympathies to those who have suffered as a result of this atrocity, the Foreign Secretary assured Pakistan of his Government’s continued support against terrorism and extremism. “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. This horrific attack reinforces our shared determination to tackle violent extremism”.
China condemns hotel suicide bombing in Pakistan
BEIJING: China on Sunday condemned the terrorist attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan. “China opposes terrorism of any kind. As the friendly neighbor and all-weather friend of Pakistan, China will continue to support the unremitting efforts of Pakistan’s government and people to maintain stability,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.
She was responding to a question on the bomb laden truck that exploded outside the Marriott Hotel in central Islamabad that killed at least 60 people and injured more than 200 on Saturday. She said China expressed heartfelt condolences to the victims of the attack and extended sincere sympathies to the bereaved families and the wounded.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary-general of the Saudi-based Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) described the attacks as “despicable terrorist actions completely contradict the praiseworthy precepts of Islam.” He called the perpetrators “the enemies of peace whom the international community must fight with all possible means.”
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has long been at odds with Pakistan on the policing of the two countries’ shared border, called for an “honest struggle” to beat terrorism. “As long as this evil phenomenon is active in the region, terror, horror and explosions will continue,” he said in a statement.
Yemen has condemned Attacks
An officials source at the Foreign Ministry said that Yemen condemns seriously this terrorist attack. The source considered that this act as a confirmation that the terrorist network still forming critical evil threat to security and stability of a number of world countries, the matter which requires to boost security and intelligence cooperation at the regional and international level to confront and end its criminal acts. The source expressed Yemen and its leadership, government and people’s condolences to the Pakistani leadership, government and people, and for the victims’ families, confirming Yemen’s solidarity and its stand with Pakistani government in combating terrorism.
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