From Narendra Modi to Francois Hollande: How world leaders reacted to Lahore attack

World leaders were quick to condemn Sunday’s attacks, with several messages and condolences pouring in. Here’s a selection of what world leaders had to say

FP Staff March 28, 2016 14:30:29 IST
From Narendra Modi to Francois Hollande: How world leaders reacted to Lahore attack

On Easter Sunday, as the world celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ, militants in Pakistan attacked a public park in Lahore, killing 69 people and wounding over 250, most of them women and children. The attack revived memories of the barbaric 2014 Peshawar attack, where gunmen stormed the Army Public School, firing indiscriminately and killing 141 people.

World leaders were quick to condemn Sunday’s attacks, with several messages and condolences pouring in. Here’s a small selection of what world leaders had to say:

Malala Yousufzai (Pakistani teenage activist, who was shot by the Taliban in 2009)

Narendra Modi (Indian Prime Minister)

 

Bernie Sanders (US Democrat Presidential nominee)

 

Justin Trudeau (Canadian Prime Minister)

 

Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary General): The secretary general strongly condemns the suicide bombing today at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park in the Pakistani city of Lahore. The secretary general calls for the perpetrators of this appalling terrorist act to be brought swiftly to justice, consistent with human rights obligations.

 

Afghanistan Presidential Palace: Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, people and government of Pakistan. We reiterate that the scourge of terrorism has no boundaries and must be confronted jointly through increased regional cooperation.

 

National Security Council spokesperson, White House: This cowardly act in what has long been a scenic and placid park has killed dozens of innocent civilians and left scores injured. We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed, just as our thoughts and prayers are with the many injured in the explosion.

 

David Cameron (British Prime Minister)

 

Malcolm Turnbull (Australian Prime Minister)

 

Francois Hollande (French President): Following the attack in Lahore, Pakistan, I express to the people of Pakistan the solidarity of France in these painful moments.

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