FM Qureshi visits Sri Lankan HC, offers condolence on Easter attacks
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi visited Sri Lankan High Commission on Friday to offer condolence over the loss of precious lives in terrorist attacks in the island country.
During the visit, the minister wrote a condolence message on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan in Visitors’ Book at the High Commission.
Condemning the suicide attacks on the occasion of Easter, Qureshi said, “Pakistan expresses solidarity with its friendly country Sri Lanka and is standing by it in this difficult moment.”
He asserted that Pakistan is ready to provide any assistant to Sri Lanka. Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three hotels killed more than 250 people and wounded over 500 including foreigners.
After the visit, speaking to the journalists outside the Sri Lankan High Commission, the minister expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives in Easter attack. “We have regret on the terrorist incident. Terrorism is international challenge; however, we all have to combat with this challenge.”
He said that anything pronounce about who is behind the Sri Lankan attack will be earlier before time. He also announced that he will visit Sri Lanka after the holy month of Ramadan.
FM Qureshi mentioned that the previous government could not implement on the National Action Plan (NAP) properly so the incumbent government will try to key progress on the NAP.
Referring to the Pulwama attack, he said that India blamed on Pakistan for Pulwama attack and tried to demoralize Pakistan.
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