Pakistan reaffirms solidarity with Turkey as terrorism strikes again.
We are deeply anguished as terror and tragedy have struck brotherly Turkeyagain.
Pakistan condemns in the strongest possible terms the heinous terroristattack that took place at a night club in Ortakoy area of Besiktas districtin Istanbul. Reportedly, 39 innocent lives have been lost, including bothTurkish and foreign nationals. Scores are injured, with several in criticalcondition.
The Government and the people of Pakistan express their heartfelt grief andsorrow at this despicable act of terrorism against defenseless peoplegathered for new year and extend their profound sympathies and condolencesto the bereaved families and to the leadership, Government and brotherlypeople of Turkey as well as other nations. We also pray for the speedyrecovery of those injured.
We reaffirm our strong and unwavering solidarity with the Government andpeople of Turkey in its resolute fight against terrorism and reiterate ourbelief that such heinous acts aimed at undermining Turkey's peace,stability, progress and internal harmony would never succeed.
Pakistan also reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms andmanifestations.
Islamabad, 1 January 2017
Embassy of Pakistan