New York

09 June 2014

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

The Secretary-General strongly condemns yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Pakistan, including the assault on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi in which reportedly at least 29 people died, and the suicide attacks targeting Shia pilgrims in Taftan, Baluchistan, which reportedly left at least 25 people dead and many more injured.

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by this upsurge of violence across Pakistan. While acknowledging the measures already taken to maintain security, he urges the Government of Pakistan to further increase its efforts to address terrorism and religious extremism, including with a view to protecting the rights of all people to safely practice their religion, and to bring the perpetrators of such attacks to justice.

The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the Government and the people of Pakistan and extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.