Islamabad, August 21, 2016 (PPI-OT): Pakistan strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Turkey’s Gaziantep Province and reaffirms solidarity with brotherly Turkey. The Government and people of Pakistan are deeply anguished and saddened by the news of the latest terrorist attack in Turkey, targeting a wedding ceremony in the south eastern Province of Gaziantep. Reports indicate at least 30 innocent lives lost and more than 90 injured. The heartlessness of this brutality is evident from the fact that a celebration was turned into mourning.
Pakistan condemns this despicable act of terrorism in the strongest possible terms. We extend our profound sympathies and condolences to the brotherly people and Government of Turkey. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost their loved ones. We also pray for the speediest recovery of the wounded.
This terror attack in Gaziantep follows the most recent acts of terrorism in Van, Bitlis and Elazig. We have no doubt that those seeking to disturb the peace, stability and internal harmony of Turkey would never succeed. We remain firm in our belief that the fraternal people of Turkey would decisively defeat the scourge of terrorism with their resolute will and unshakable resolve.
For its part, as always, Pakistan remains in abiding solidarity with Turkey as it wages its valiant struggle against terrorism, works to preserve its peace and harmony, and perseveres in its journey of progress and prosperity. Pakistan also reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
For more information, contact:
Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Ch
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan