Kabul, Kandahar bombings draw ringing denunciation
KABUL (Pajhwok): The twin suicide attacks in Kabul and a bomb assault in Kandahar province have drawn strong denunciation from different countries, including the US, India, Pakistan and the United Nations.
The United States and the United Nations have condemned the terrorist attacks in Kabul and Kandhar stating that an attack on Parliamentary facilities is clearly an assault on the country’s effort to build democratic institutions.
“An attack on Parliamentary facilities and lawmakers is clearly an assault on Afghanistan’s efforts to build democratic institutions,” said Ned Price, spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House.
“We also strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Kandahar that killed at least seven people and wounded 18, including the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to Afghanistan and several diplomatic personnel,,.”
The White House commended the Afghan police and other security forces for bravely responding to the attacks and fully supported efforts to bring those responsible to justice.
In a statement, the UN condemned the terrorist attacks near the Afghan Parliament in Kabul and the residence of the Kandahar governor.
“The despicable attacks reportedly killed dozens of people. The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Afghanistan and the Governor of Kandahar are reported to be among the injured,” the UN said.
The UN expressed its solidarity with the people and governments of Afghanistan and of the United Arab Emirates and called for those responsible to be brought to justice.
“Indiscriminate attacks against civilians, including diplomatic envoys, are violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and cannot be justified,” it added.
At least 39 people were confirmed dead and 100 others wounded in the suicide bombings in front of the parliament building in Kabul and the capital of southern Kandahar province on Tuesday.
“The government and people of Pakistan extend their deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
Pakistan reiterated its unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all forms and manifestations, reaffirming its commitment to continued efforts and cooperation for eliminating the menace.
President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah also hit out at the Taliban for once again proving their enmity with Afghanistan by killing and wounding innocent people, including women and children.
Turkey also denounced the twin suicide bomb attacks in Kabul. “We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks which targeted even staff members of the parliament, representing the will of the people of Afghanistan.
“We wish God's mercy upon those who lost their lives, a speedy recovery to those wounded, and we send condolences to the Afghan government and our brother Afghan people,” said a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country stood with Afghanistan in its fight against terrorism. “Strongly condemn the terror attack in Kabul & condole loss of innocent lives. India stands with Afghanistan,” he said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, members of the ongoing Pakistan-Afghanistan track-II dialogue also condemned the terrorist attacks. “We are shocked at the terrorist attacks in Kabul, which underline the need for anti-terror cooperation by all countries, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
“It is sad news as the attacks caused so many deaths and many more were injured,” Pakistan People’s Party lawmaker Shazia Marri said. She conveyed sympathies to the government and the people of Afghanistan on the tragedy.
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