Pakistan expresses solidarity with France after Nice attack

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Office on Friday said that the government of Pakistan condemns, in strongest terms, the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack in French City of Nice on its National Day.

On Thursday night, at least 84 people including women and children were killed and scores of others injured after a truck laden with explosives and guns struck them while they were celebrating Bastille Day in Nice.

In a statement issued in Islamabad on Friday, the Foreign Office Spokesman Muhammad Nafees Zakaria said that the government and the people of Pakistan extend their heartfelt condolences to the government and the people of the French Republic on this grave tragedy.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and we wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” Zakaria said.

“Pakistan stands in solidarity with the French people in this hour of grief.”

The spokesman also reiterated Pakistan’s condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stands ready to work with the international community to fight it.

Separately, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also strongly condemned the attack in Nice.

In a statement, the prime minister sympathized with the bereaved families and prayed for the swift recovery of those injured during the attack.

The prime minister said that the government and people of Pakistan are deeply saddened over the attack and stand in complete solidarity with the government and people of France at this tragic moment.

Sharif said that being the front line state in the war against terror, Pakistan itself has suffered immensely and has seen a series of tragedies. He said that we shared the pain and grief of French people at this critical juncture.

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While reiterating Pakistan’s condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan stands firm against every act of terror wherever it is perpetrated.

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