By Aamir Latif
Pakistan strongly condemned the terrorist attack late Saturday evening in Turkey's southeast and reaffirmed its solidarity with the Turkish government and its people.
"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 southeastern 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," said a Pakistani Foreign Ministry statement issued early Sunday.
"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 attack in Gaziantep follows 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 will never succeed. We remain firm in our belief that the fraternal people of Turkey will decisively defeat the scourge of terrorism with their resolute will and unshakable resolve,” the statement added.
For its part, as ever, 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, it said.
Pakistan also reiterated its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.