Pakistani Shias in Quetta, the city that was hit by a terror attack yesterday, have refused to bury the dead in a demonstration against the government. A series of bombings in different parts of Pakistan killed more than 100 people.
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about ongoing terrorist violence in Pakistan.
He strongly condemns the multiple attacks today in Quetta (Balochistan) and the Swat Valley that have reportedly killed at least 100 people and injured at least 200 more.
He also strongly condemns yesterday’s targeted killing of Dr. Syed Riaz Hussain who was the President of the Pakistan People's Party for Kurram Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Dr. Hussain was a strong advocate of democracy and tolerance.
These heinous acts cannot be justified by any cause.
The Secretary-General conveys his heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the Government and people of Pakistan, as well as to the families of all the victims.
He reiterates the strong support of the United Nations for the efforts of the Government of Pakistan to combat the scourge of terrorism and hopes that the perpetrators of these violent acts will be brought to justice.
Twin explosions killed at least 56 people in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Thursday evening, a police official said, hours after a bombing in Quetta's market killed 11.
The death toll in the latest blasts could rise, according to Deputy Inspector of Police Hamid Shakil.
The first explosion, in a snooker hall, appeared to be a suicide bombing, local residents said. About ten minutes later, a car bomb went off, they said, and five policemen and a cameraman were among the dead from that blast.