Pakistan, UN Chief condemn terrorist attack in Ankara


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday condemned the terrorist attack in Ankara and expressed solidarity with Turkey in its fight against the scourge of terrorism.

“Pakistan condemns this heinous act of terrorism in the strongest terms and, like always, stands in strong solidarity with Turkey. Pakistan reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said a statement of the Foreign Office (FO) Spokesman here on Monday.

He said Pakistanis were deeply saddened to learn about the bomb blast in Kizilay area of Ankara. Reports indicate that a large number of innocent lives have been lost, while scores are injured.

“We offer our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and to the brotherly people and government of Turkey. We also pray for the speediest and fullest recovery of those wounded.”

The spokesman reiterated Pakistan’s belief that the fraternal people of Turkey would `decisively defeat the scourge of terrorism with their characteristic strong will and determination.’

Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Sunday’s terrorist attack in the Turkish capital of Ankara that reportedly killed and wounded dozens of people.

“The Secretary-General sends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims,” a statement issued by Ban’s spokesman said, underscoring that the UN continues to support and stand in solidarity with the people and the Government of Turkey at this trying time.

According to media reports, a car bomb tore through a crowded transport hub in the Kizilay district of Ankara. APP