Pakistan, NATO & US condemn deadly terrorist assault
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government of Pakistan, the United States and NATO’s Resolute Support mission strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Kabul on Tuesday when hundreds of people were killed and wounded.
At least 28 people were killed and 327 wounded at 9am in a car bombing in front of the VIP protection unit in the 16th police district of the capital.
“We extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to those who have lost their loved ones and pray for the early recovery of the injured,” a statement from Pakistan embassy said.
“Pakistan condemns terrorism in all forms and manifestations and expresses solidarity with the government and brotherly people of Afghanistan in their hour of grief and struggle against terrorism,” the statement added.
The Taliban’s claim of responsibility underscored their continued disregard for civilian lives, said the US embassy, while denouncing the attack as a senseless act of violence.
“Afghanistan deserves peace and security, not attacks that victimise parents taking their children to school, workers on their morning commute, and people who have stepped forward to help defend their fellow citizens,” the embassy said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families and friends of those affected. We stand with the people of Afghanistan and we will continue to advocate for the Afghan government’s peace process that will bring an end once and for all to callous attacks against its people.”
Meanwhile, the prime minister of Pakistan conveyed his immense grief over the heinous terrorist attack that led to the loss of precious lives and left hundreds injured.
In a letter to President Ashraf Ghani, Nawaz Sharif wrote: “On behalf of the people and the government of Pakistan, I strongly condemn this brutal act and offer my heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency and the bereaved families.”
Such incidents continued to remind of the scourge of terrorism remaining a major threat to peace and stability of the two countries, societies and the region at large, the prime minister observed.
It served as a tool for the perpetuation of senseless violence in societies inflicting immense pain and suffering on the people, he said, adding eliminating terrorism required firm resolve as well as coordinated approach.
“I would like to reiterate Pakistan’s unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all forms and manifestations,” Sharif concluded.
Meanwhile, the commander of Resolute Support also strongly condemned the attack. “Today’s attack shows the insurgents are unable to meet Afghan forces on the battlefield and must resort to these terrorist attacks.”
Gen. John W. Nicholson said: “We strongly condemn the actions of Afghanistan’s enemies and remain firmly committed to supporting our Afghan partners and the national unity government.
“As the United Nations reported last week, the Taliban and other insurgent groups are responsible for the large majority of the civilian casualties that have occurred in 2016,” added Nicholson.
The mission expressed its condolences to those affected by the contemptible act of violence. The mission said it would continue to assist Afghan partners in achieving sustainable peace as well as security for the people.
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