The Security Council today strongly condemned the weekend’s terrorist attack in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, which claimed more than 50 precious lives when a bomb rocked the Marriott Hotel, with foreign diplomats among the casualties and several dozen injured. The 15-member body stressed the importance of bring those behind the bombing to justice, calling on all States to cooperate with Pakistani authorities.
The Council, in a presidential statement read out by Ambassador Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso, expressed “its deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of this heinous act of terrorism and to their families, and to the people and Government of Pakistan.” UNSC urges all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and resolution 1373 (2001) and consistent with resolution 1624 (2005), to cooperate actively with the Pakistani authorities in this regard.
“The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” according to the statement.
“The Security Council further reaffirms the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. The Council reminds States thatthey must ensure any measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.
On Saturday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the attacking, saying in a statement issued by his spokesperson that “no cause can justify the indiscriminate targeting of civilians.”