New York

22 January 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Pakistan

The Secretary-General strongly condemns recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan, including the bombing at a market in Rawalpindi on 20 January that left at least thirteen dead, as well as yesterday’s attack in Baluchistan, Pakistan, on a bus carrying Shia pilgrims returning from Iran, which reportedly killed more than twenty people and injured many more, including women and children. The Secretary-General reiterates his deep concern over continued terrorist attacks and sectarian violence in Pakistan.

The Secretary-General is also deeply concerned about the recent attacks on polio workers, which have resulted in several deaths. These unacceptable attacks are hampering efforts to eradicate the disease in Pakistan, one of the last three countries where polio remains endemic. The number of polio cases in Pakistan increased by 57 per cent last year, from 58 cases in 2012 to 91 in 2013.

The Secretary-General expresses his heartfelt condolences to the Government and the people of Pakistan. He stresses the United Nations’ commitment to supporting the Government in its efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism.