Pakistan condemns attacks in Germany

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has strongly condemned the heinous attacks in Germany, which resulted in the loss of a number of innocent lives, as well as injuries to many others.

As many as eight people were killed and five others received injuries following two shootings at Shisha Bars in the German Western City of Hanau.

“In this hour of grief, Pakistan stands in solidarity with the Government and people of Germany. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Friday.

“We also express our deep condolences to the Turkish Government over the loss of innocent Turkish lives in the shootings. We wish the injured speedy recovery,” the statement added.

The statement further said that Pakistan remains deeply concerned at the rising tide of Islamophobia, xenophobia and racial hatred sweeping across many parts of the world. It said that the attacks once more underscore that violent extremism knows no race, religion or nationality.

“We reiterate our call for concerted efforts to root out ideologies of hate, as well as address the underlying causes of hate crimes,” it said. “Pakistan stands ready to partner with Germany and all like-minded States in efforts to confront and counter Islamophobia, and to promote greater inter-religious and inter-civilizational harmony, amity and understanding.”

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