Abdullah, Karzai denounce Lahore carnage
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and former president Hamid Karzai on Monday denounced a brazen suicide attack on civilians in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province.
At least 72 people were killed and 300 others wounded in the suicide bombing that took place in crowded Gulshan-i-Iqbal park on Sunday evening.
The bombing, claimed by the Jamaatul Ahrar group of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), happened when the Christian minority was celebrating Easter at the park in Iqbal Town, a crowded residential area.
Presiding over a Cabinet meeting, Abdullah said about Sunday’s attack in Lahore: “No place is safe from the danger of terrorism, so there is the need for a joint fight against the threat.”
Abdullah condemned the attack and offered his condolences to the people of Pakistan, saying not only Afghanistan, but all parts of the globe were not safe from being attacked by terrorists. “There is need for a joint struggle and honest cooperation with the people of Afghanistan.”
Abdullah said terrorism was not loyal to any country and had no mercy for anyone because the only aim of terrorism was to create fear among the people.
Likewise, former president Hamid Karzai strongly denounced the Lahore attack that killed civilians including children and women and injured hundreds others. In a statement, he said such attacks were against Islam and human rights.
Karzai offered condolences to the people of the brother country, Pakistan and hoped the two countries and the entire region would get rid of terrorism which needed honest cooperation of regional countries to be dealt with.
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