Pakistan suffers one more despicable terror attack
In one of the deadliest attacks in the country's recent times, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a political rally in southwest Pakistan on Friday killing at least 132 people while injuring many more. We severely condemn such heinous terrorist acts. Soon after the attack the Islamic Sate group claimed responsibility.
Not only to cause disruption or kill innocent people, the latest attack was also evidently carried out to spur fear of violence, just ahead of nationwide polls on July 25. The attack is likely to threat security measures of the upcoming polls. However, once more the terrible incident underscored the fragility of Pakistan's dramatic gains in security.
Even though security situation across Pakistan has improved significantly in the past few years but the country is yet to tackle the root causes of extremism, and militants retain the ability to carry out attacks. The Islamic State group has a muted presence in Pakistan but has carried out brutal attacks there in the past, including the blast at a Sufi shrine in February last year which killed nearly 90 people. Militants have targeted politicians, religious gatherings, security forces and even schools in Pakistan. But the Islamic State is in no way a religious group or a positive school-of-thought, it's purely a militant organization causing destruction worldwide. Most dangerously it has seriously tarnished the venerated image of Islam.
We believe the Pakistan authorities will show zero-tolerance towards all extremist and terrorist groups functioning within the country.
We share the pain and bereavement felt by the relatives of the victims of Friday's attacks but simultaneously urge the Pakistan government to adopt more stringent security measures to ensure safety for the voters in the upcoming polls. In order to restore democracy, The Pakistani authorities have a duty to protect the rights of all Pakistanis during this election period, therefore ensure their physical security and their ability to express their political views freely, regardless of which party they belong to.