New York

15 June 2013

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on terrorist attacks in Pakistan

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attacks today in Quetta and Ziarat, Pakistan, in which at least twenty civilians were reportedly killed and many more injured.

He deplores the heinous nature of the attacks on a university bus carrying women students and educators and a hospital facility, as well as the heritage Quaid Azam Residency which has a historical importance as a former home of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.  No cause can justify such violence.

The Secretary-General notes with dismay that violence against women and educators has increased in recent years, the aim being to keep girls from attaining the basic right to education.

The Secretary-General sends his condolences to the victims, their families, and the Government of Pakistan.   He calls on the Government to do all possible to bring the perpetrators to justice.  He expresses the unstinting solidarity of the United Nations in the face of continued terrorist violence in Pakistan.