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Pakistan denounces terrorist attacks at churches, hotels in Sri Lanka

Pakistan denounces terrorist attacks at churches, hotels in Sri Lanka
April 21, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan has denounced explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that claimed more than 100 lives on the occasion of Easter Sunday. Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan strongly condemned the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter. “My profound condolences go to our Sri Lankan brethren. Pakistan stands in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka in their hour of grief,” the prime minister tweeted. https://twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI/status/1119872631308718081 Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal condemned the terrorist attack in his Twitter post, and said the people and government of Pakistan stand by Sri Lanka at this moment of tragedy. “Pakistan condemns explosions and terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka at Churches & Hotels, that have led to numerous casualties and immense loss. People and Government of Pakistan stand by people and Government of Sri Lanka at this moment of tragedy and against terror @MFA_SriLanka,” FO spokesperson tweeted. Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari also condemned the attacks and said terrorism needed a strong united global approach to be effectively defeated worldwide. “Strongly condemn the terrorist attacks on churches & hotels in Colombo on Easter Sunday. Terrorism needs a strong united global approach to be effectively defeated worldwide. We stand with our Sri Lankan brethren as they confront these brutal terrorist attacks,” she tweeted. Pakistan High Commission in Colombo wrote on its Twitter account that any Pakistani needing any help/assistance may contact the following phone numbers: 0112055681 0112055682 0767773750 Earlier today, Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three hotels killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 300, a hospital official and police sources said. Colombo National Hospital Director Samindi Samrakoon said she knew of at least 20 deaths and 280 people injured. A police spokesman said that three churches and three hotels were hit. At least two of the hotels and one of the churches are in the capital, Colombo. Another church is in Negombo, north of Colombo. A source in the police bomb squad said that one of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade, Colombo. “Our people are engaged in evacuating the casualties,” the source said. The hotels and one of the churches are in the nation’s capital Colombo. The other church is in Negombo, north of Colombo. A source in the police bomb squad said that one of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade, Colombo. “Our people are engaged in evacuating the casualties,” the source said.