ISLAMABAD: China has condemned Monday’s deadly bombing in Quetta, and expressed a ‘firm commitment to stand behind Pakistan’ in the fight against terrorism.
“Deeply shocked and saddened by the terrorist attack which caused grave casualties in Quetta, Pakistan. We express our strong condemnation. Our hearts go out to the families of those killed and injured, and we mourn for the lives lost,” China’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
“The Chinese side opposes all forms of terrorism. We will always stand behind the Pakistani side in its fight against terrorism and its campaign for stability of the country and security of the people,” it added.
Japan denounced as inexcusable the carnage of innocent civilians and expressed condolences to the bereaved families. “Japan strongly condemns such act of terrorism which targets innocent people as inexcusable,” the press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan said in a statement.
“Japan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed for whatever purposes, and reiterates that no act of terrorism can be justified. It intends to support efforts by the government of Pakistan to combat terrorism in cooperation with the international community.”
French President François Hollande expressed “full solidarity of France to the people of Pakistan, already badly hit by the terrible attack in Lahore in March”.
A statement issued by the deputy spokesperson of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development said: “France condemns the cowardly attack that targeted the Quetta Civil hospital in Baluchistan. We express our condolences to the families and friends of the victims and assure Pakistan of its solidarity in the fight against terrorism.”
Also, the secretary-general of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, expressed deep revulsion at the attack on a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, and the murder of Bilal Anwar Kasi, President of the Balochistan Bar Association, with whose death the outrage appeared to be associated.
Scotland said: “This despicable attack deliberately targeting a hospital and those who work to uphold the rule of law strikes at the very foundations on which our Commonwealth approaches to inclusive and safe societies are built.
“In their violent and indiscriminate disregard for human dignity those who commit these dreadful crimes perpetrate an affront to the entire Commonwealth, of which Pakistan is a founding member, and the civilised values of the Commonwealth Charter to which all our member states are committed.”
Reaffirming the solidarity of the people of the Commonwealth with the people of Pakistan, the secretary-general said: “Our hearts go out to those wounded and traumatised in mind or body directly or indirectly as a result of what has happened, and all in the emergency and support services who are having to deal with the shocking aftermath.”