UNITED NATIONS: Members of the United Nations Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Lahore, which resulted in the death of more than 70 people and for which an offshoot of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility.
In a statement, they offered condolences to families of the victims and to the people and government of Pakistan. They expressed hope that hundreds of people who were injured in the attack would recover quickly.
The council’s members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constituted one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.
They underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of such reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.
They stressed that those responsible for the killings should be held accountable and urged all states, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Pakistani authorities in this regard.
The members of the council reiterated that all acts of terrorism were criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation and no matter where they were committed and by whom.
They reaffirmed the need for all countries to use all the means available to combat — in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, refugee law and humanitarian law — threats to global peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
They also underscored the need to take measures to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism, terrorist organisations and individual terrorists in accordance with resolutions 2199 (2015) and 2253 (2015).
The members of the Security Council praised the resolute efforts of the government of Pakistan to counter the menace of terrorism.
They said this or any other attack by the TTP would only strengthen their resolve to support the people of Pakistan. “The Security Council will continue to support the efforts of the Pakistani authorities in their fight against terrorism and violent extremism,” the statement said.