UN assembly president 'appalled, dismayed' by Lahore attack

| Monday, March 28, 2016 - 14:46
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Mogens Lykketoft

UN General Assembly President, Mogens Lykketoft, made the statements on Sunday | Photo: IANS

United Nations: UN General Assembly president Mogens Lykketoft said that he was "appalled and dismayed by the horrific murder of so many children, men and women in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday."
"The targeting of so many innocent people, including many families, at Gulshan-e-Iqbal park shows an utter contempt for humanity," the UN Assembly president said in a statement issued by his spokesman here on Sunday.
A total of 72 people, a large number of women and kids, were killed and over 250 injured in the suicide bomb that hit a public park in Pakistan's Lahore city.
A Pakistan Taliban splinter group claimed the responsibility of the attack, saying the group deliberately targeted Christians celebrating Easter.
"My thoughts are with the families of the victims, the many wounded, the police and emergency services dealing with the aftermath of this violent act and the government and people of Pakistan," Lykketoft said.
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"Acts of terrorism are unjustifiable regardless of their motivation and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to national and international peace and security," the statement said.
"Acts like this have no place in the modern world and only serve to strengthen the resolve of governments the world over to find and prosecute the individuals responsible."
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain condemned the blast and directed hospital administration to provide the best possible medical treatment to the injured people.

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