21 December 2007

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General appalled by suicide bombing of mosque in Pakistan,

Urges all political forces to unite against terrorism


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is appalled by today’s suicide bombing at a mosque at the residence of the former Interior Minister of Pakistan, which has claimed the lives of over 50 civilians and injured many others.  The Secretary-General strongly condemns this act of terrorism carried out at a house of worship.  He expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Pakistan.

The Secretary-General urges all political forces in Pakistan to unite against the scourge of terrorism and to act together to create a peaceful environment ahead of the Parliamentary elections scheduled for 8 January 2008.

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