Ban condemns escalating violence in Pakistan

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appalled by the escalating terrorist violence in Pakistan.

A statement attributable to his Spokesperson's office says the Secretary-General condemns in particular, the continued violent targeting of religious minorities – the latest being a car bombing of three buses in south-west Pakistan Sunday, in which some 20 Shi'a pilgrims on their way to Iran were reported killed and 25 injured.

The statement says the Secretary-General also strongly condemns the killing of 21 members of a government-backed tribal police force after being kidnapped last week in north-west Pakistan by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.

He says these cruel acts of violence cannot be justified by any cause or grievance, adding that their perpetrators should be brought to justice.

The Secretary-General expresses the solidarity of the United Nations with the Government and people of Pakistan and its continued support for their efforts to defend their country’s institutions and freedoms in the face of the scourge of terrorism.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 58″

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