WASHINGTON: Condemning Monday’s organized terrorist attack on a Pakistani policy academy in Lahore, the United States has voiced its solidarity with the country and its people and urged world support for the democratic government’s efforts against the menace of terrorism. State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid said at the daily briefing.
“This is attack on Pakistan’s institutions, and the Pakistani people and the Pakistani government need our assistance and we stand ready to help them, I think the one thing that is evident is that Pakistan needs our help and international support in fighting terrorism,”
he added while commenting on early Monday’s grenade and bullets attacks Earlier, the State Department told APP that the United States strongly condemns the attack, which claimed lives of several police trainees before the security forces overpowered assailants in an efficient operation.
a State Department official said.
The U.S. officials said they were still awaiting full details about the incident but observed terrorist groups are a threat to Pakistan. “If there are terrorist groups that try to bring down peace, democratic development of Pakistan, we obviously think they constitute a threat to Pakistan.”
The State Department official acknowledged that the democratic Pakistani leadership’s commitment to combat terrorism and assured of Washington’s continued support for the country to deal with the menace.
“The U.S. and Pakistan agree that there should be no safe haven for terrorists. We continue to work with Pakistan in confronting the threat and will continue to support the government’s efforts (for progress) toward a stable, prosperous, peaceful and democratic Pakistan.”
The British Foreign Secretary David Miliband while condemning the terror attack in Lahore said the incident is yet another reminder of the threat Pakistan faces from violent extremism. In a statement issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth office, he urged the international community to help Pakistan tackle this scourge saying that such assistance in the interests both of Pakistan’s people and of wider stability.
He said: “It is deeply saddening that Pakistan has today suffered another deadly attack, this time against people dedicated to protecting Pakistan’s security. “We condemn the attack unreservedly, and extend our sympathies to the families of the victims.
“The attack is yet another reminder of the threat that Pakistan faces from violent extremism. It is a threat that the international community must help Pakistan to tackle, in the interests both of Pakistan’s people and of wider stability.”
India on Monday while condemning the terror attack in Lahore said it is “saddened and shocked” by this gory act. “We don’t have full information. We are deeply concerned. We condemn the terrorist attack,” Home Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters. “We condemn all terrorist attacks. We offer our deepest sympathies to the people of Pakistan,” he said.
When questioned whether he saw a parallel between the Mumbai and Lahore attacks, Chidambaram said: “There can be no parallel. The only commonality is that they are terror attacks. Expressing shock over the incident, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee conveyed his sympathies to the members of the bereaved families.
Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon while briefing the newsmen on Monday on G?20 summit in his opening remarks said India is saddened and shocked by the Lahore terror attack. He hoped that Pakistan authorities will resolve the issue with minimum losses.-APP
Express sympathies with the members of the bereaved families, he said terrorism is menace to the entire region.