Nov 22, 2014 10:16 IST
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked US President Barack Obama to take up the Kashmir issue with the Narendra Modi Government when he travels to India in January next year.
Sharif made the request when President Obama telephoned him on Friday, informing him about his forthcoming India visit to attend the Republic Day celebrations as the Chief Guest.
“The Prime Minister also urged President Obama to take up the cause of Kashmir with the Indian leadership, as its early resolution would bring enduring peace, stability and economic cooperation to Asia,” said a statement from the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office on the discussions between the two leaders.
During the telephonic conversation, Sharif recalled an invitation he extended to President Obama last year in Washington and conveyed the expectation of the people of Pakistan to welcome the US President to the country sometime in the future.
“The President also assured the Prime Minister that he would undertake a visit to Pakistan at an early date, as soon as the situation normalises in the country,” the statement said.
Sharif also referred to his visit to India earlier this year – to attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – to take relations forward. He alleged that New Delhi subsequently took “unfortunate steps, including cancellation of Foreign Secretary-level talks” and “firing across the LoC resulting in civilian casualties” which showed that “India was averse to normalisation of relations with Pakistan.”
The Pakistani PM said his country “remains open to the resumption of bilateral dialogue, the onus is on India to create a conducive environment in this regard.”
“President Obama expressed his understanding for our position,” the statement added.
The two leaders also discussed the regional situation with Sharif referring to the improvement of Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan as manifest in President Ashraf Ghani’s recent visit to Islamabad.
President Obama appreciated Prime Minister Sharif’s efforts in this regard and called it pivotal for the peace and stability in the region, the statement said.
Sharif recalled his warm and friendly meeting with the US President in Washington in October last year and their subsequent interaction at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague in March this year, it said.
Later, the White House also confirmed that President Obama had called Sharif on Friday. “I can confirm that the President did speak with PM (Prime Minister) Sharif,” Mark Stroh, spokesman of the National Security Council, said.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
|Following world leaders have made telephone calls to Pakistan’s leadership to express solidarity:1. H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey
2. H.E. Mr. Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan
3. H.E. Mr. Hanif Atmar, National Security Adviser, Afghanistan
4. H.E. Mr. Abdullah Abdullah, Afghan Chief Executive
5. H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister
6. H.E. Mr. Abdullah Gul, Former Turkish President
7. H.E. Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Prime Minister
8. H.E. Mr. Barack Obama, US President
9. H.E. Mr. John Kerry, US Secretary of State
Statements / Remarks / Press Releases / Phone calls in response to the Attack on APS Peshawar on 16 December 2014
United States President Obama
Condemned the horrific attack and conveyed his prayers for the victims, their families and loved ones. In a statement issued by the White House, President Obama said that “by targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity. We stand with the people of Pakistan, and reiterate the commitment of the United States to support the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and to promote peace and stability in the region”.
White House has issued the following readout of President Obama’s telephone call with the Prime Minister :
“President Obama spoke by phone last night with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan to express the United States deepest condolences and unwavering support for the Pakistani people in the aftermath of yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack against Peshawar’s Army Public school. The President underscored that the American people stand with Pakistan in the face of this tragedy. The two leaders acknowledged the shared threat from terrorism and the President made clear that the United States will continue to support Pakistan in its fight against extremism”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
In his messages of condolences addressed to the Prime Minister and the President, he has condemned the heinous attack of the militants. Expressed support for efforts of the authorities of Pakistan aimed at countering the menace of terrorism. (16/12)
Chinese President Xi Jinping
In his message of condolences addressed to the President, he has extended deep condolences to the victim and the bereaved families. Conveyed firm support of China to Pakistan in counter terrorism. (17/12)
Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of People’s Republic of China
In a message addressed to the Prime Minister, he has expressed condolences and conveyed that both Pakistan and China are victims of terrorism. (17/12)
French President Francois Hollande
Condemning it as a ‘vile’ attack said that no words can express the ignominy of such an attack against children in their school.
The President said that France supported the Government of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism and expressed solidarity with the victims and their parents.
He has sent a condolence message to the Prime Minister. (22/12)
In a statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, he has said, “Pakistani Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar today. While the hostage taking is still ongoing, very many people have reportedly been killed the majority of them children”. Further he expressed condolences and conveyed support in the fight against terrorism and extremism.
British Prime Minister David Cameron
The news from Pakistan is deeply shocking. It’s horrific that children are being killed simply for going to school.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President phoned the Prime Minister and the President and strongly condemned the terrorist attack as well as condoled over the lost of precious lives.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Former President Abdullah Gul
Called the Prime Minister and expressed condolences.
Chancellor Merkel condoles to the Prime Minister
In a press release by Press and Information Office of the Federal Government, Angela Merkel has conveyed deepest sympathies and condemnation of the barbaric attack. (16/12)
His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein and Her Majesty Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
In a letter addressed to the President, he has expressed condemnation and conveyed deepest condolences. (18/12)
Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Al Hasan Bin Talal and Prince Ra’ad Bin Zeid called the Ambassador and conveyed their condolences. (19/12)
Saad Rafic El Hariri, Former Prime Minister of Lebanon
In two separate letters addressed to the Prime Minister and the President has expressed outrage over the brutal attack and showed resolve to confront the extreme danger faced by all Muslims which is threatening stability of our people. Has also condemned this barbaric crime and those who justify these bloody acts carried out by these terrorist group. (17/12)
Prince of Wales Prince Charles
In his message to the Prime Minister, has condemned the attack and conveyed deepest sympathies on his behalf and on behalf of his wife. (18/12)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Indian Prime Minister also telephoned the Prime Minister and condemned the brutal act of terrorism in Peshawar. He expressed his deepest feelings for the families who lost their children and said he would be happy if they could do anything for those who lost their loved ones.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott
In a message of condolence addressed to the Prime Minister, he has expressed condolences and solidarity over the Army Public School attack. He has said that, the actions of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan are simply despicable”. He has expressed support of Australia to Pakistan, including through capacity building training for counter-terrorism. (17/12)
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
President Ghani said that killing of innocent children is an un-Islamic and inhuman act and he condemns this heinous crime in strongest words. (16/12)
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
In a message addressed to the Prime Minister, expressed condolences and solidarity with the victims and people of Pakistan. Brutal attack which hit Pakistan in Peshawar has deeply shocked the entire Italian nation. (16/12).
Enda Kelly, TD, Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland)
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, expressed heartfelt condolences . (17/12)
Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland and his wife Ms. Sabina Higgins visited the Embassy to sign the condolence book on 19 December
Embassy has conveyed that the President of Ireland will visit the Mission to sign the condolence book on 18 December 2014.
Charlie Flanangan, Foreign Minister of Ireland
In a message released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, he has condemned the attack and conveyed heartfelt condolences.
Syrian vice Foreign Minister signed the condolence book
Visited Chancery on 18 December and recorded his condolences.
Mr. Bulent Arink, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey signed the condolence book
Visited Chancery on 18 December and recorded his condolences.
Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of Egypt
In a message addressed to the President, he has conveyed deepest condolences. (19/12)
Raul Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba
In a message addressed to the President, he has conveyed deepest condolences. (17/12)
Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Mr. Dmitry Medvedev
In a message of condolence addressed to the Prime Minister, he has condemned the barbaric attack and expressed support to the people of Pakistan waging uncompromising struggle against extremists.
British Opposition Leader Ed. Milliband
Devastating news from Pakistan. Appalling that school children were targeted in this murderous attack. My thoughts are with those affected.
Secretary of State John Kerry
This act of terror angers and shakes all people of concions and we condemn it in the strongest terms possible. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. And we pledge our full support to the people of Pakistan in this difficult hour and we will help them in any way that we possibly can”.
Linking the Peshawar incident to the recent incident in Sydney he said that “the attacks in Peshawar and Sydney underscore that threats locally are also threats globally. In today’s world, next door is everywhere. And that’s why the United States is engaged in more places with more partners on more issues than ever before, and we are committed with all those allies and partners to standing up to extremism and to the extremists themselves”.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
Offered his condolences and termed the attack as an act of pure cowardice. Expressed commitment to support Pakistan in its efforts to combat extremism and insures stability in the region. Also expressed support to the Pakistani people and the military in their fight against terrorists.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
In a statement he condemned the “criminal attack in the strongest terms”. The hostage taking and murder of children exceeds in its cruel cowardice all that Pakistan, stricken by years of terror and violence, has known before.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
Nothing can justify such a horrific attack on children going to school. The UK continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with the government and people of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and extremism.
Appalled at outrageous attack at school in Pakistan. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. (16/12)
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond visited the High Commission to sign the condolence book
He recorded, “With deepest condolences, the British People will stand by with the People of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism”. (18/12)
Mr. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of Netherlands
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, he expressed condemnation and conveyed condolences.
Prime Minister of Japan Abe
In a message addressed to the Prime Minister, he has expressed anger and grief over the attack. He has conveyed that Japan stands with Pakistan in this difficult time and will support the Government and people of Pakistan to fight terrorism in cooperation with the international community. (17/12)
Artur Rasizade, Prime Minister of Azerbaijan in a message addressed to the Prime Minister he has conveyed deepest condolences. (17/12)
President of Sri Lanka phoned the Prime Minister (17 December, 9 pm).
Nepalese Prime Minister phoned the Prime Minister (17 December, 0845 pm).
Iran condoles with Pakistan over terrorist attack
In his message released by news service of the Presidency of Iran, President Rohani has conveyed condolences to the Prime Minister, Government and Nation over the loss of lives. (17/12)
Allaeddin Borojardi, Chairman Foreign Policy and National Security in the Iranian Parliament visited the Embassy and signed the condolence book. Besides conveying deep condolences he also conveyed condolences of Dr. Larejani, Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, the Presiding Board and the Respected Parliament Members of Iran. (21/12)
Deputy Governor Karmi visited Consulate, conveyed condolence message Governor General Ali Oast Hashmi and signed condolence book. (18/12)
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria
He has conveyed his message of condolences addressed to the President. (16/12)
Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan
In a message of condolence addressed to the President, he has expressed grief and anger over the attack. (17/12)
Janos Ader, President of Hungary
In a message addressed to the President he has conveyed condolences. (17/12)
In a letter addressed to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Laszlo Kover, Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary has conveyed condolences. (18/12)
Almazbek Atambaev, President of Kyrgyz Republic
In a message, he has conveyed condolences to the President. (17/12)
Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign affairs Didier Reynders condemns in the strongest terms the Criminal Attacks in Peshawar
Condemned the attack. Termed it as an act of cruelty which negated the most basic human rights of the society. (16/12)
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Speaking in the Folketing (Parliament) after the question hour, the Prime Minister is reported to have said “It is a very serious situation. I am simply appalled that the Taliban can find to attack a school. Over 100 deaths are reported. It is heartbreaking and shows the evil Taliban stands for; and it stresses the importance of the fact that we are still fighting the Taliban, also in relation to what we do in Afghanistan”. She added, “I would like to emphasize that the battle we are fighting against, say ISIL and the Taliban is not at all about the West against Islam. It’s about that there are some extremist people who are able to carry out such terrorist attacks. Without blinking they have killed more than 100 people”.
Mr. Kim Jorgensen, State Secretary of Foreign Policy, Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed the condolence book.
Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Her letter to the Prime Minister expresses condolences on the terrorist attack and expresses resolve once again to fight together to eradicate terrorism from the face of earth.
Begum Khaleda Zia, Chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party
In a condolence message addressed to the Prime Minister, she has expressed condemnation of the attack and conveyed deepest condolences. (18/12)
Ewa Kopacz, Prime Minister of Poland
Polish Prime Minister has conveyed a message of condolence addressed to the Prime Minister (17/12)
A Representative each from the Chancellery of the President, of the Prime Minister and two Representatives from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited the Embassy and signed the condolence book. (18/12)
President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon
In his message of condolence addressed to the Prime Minister, his letter reads, “Deeply convinced that this terrible event, which once again has shown the world community cowardly face of international terrorism, strengthens our will to continue the relentless fight against this shameful phenomenon of the century and will give impetus to international cooperation in preventing violence and extremism”. (17/12)
Nizomiddin Zohidov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Tajikistan
Visited the Embassy personally and signed the condolence book.
Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan
In a letter addressed to the President, he condemned attack and expressed condolences. (17/12)
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan
In a message addressed to the President, he condemned the attack and expressed condolences. (17/12)
Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III
In a statement released by Malacanang (presidential Palace), he strongly condemned the attack. President said, “The senseless deaths of so many young lives, and the barbarism of this attack is an affront to all civilized peoples. Such an act of terror and savagery deserves nothing less than our condemnation. There can be no justification for this tragedy, which has dishonored Islam” Further, he stated, “today, every person of goodwill is a father, mother, brother, and sister to the people of Pakistan”. (17/12)
Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore
Prime Minister Lee said in his personal post on Twitter, Our deepest condolences to the families, and to the people of Pakistan”. (17/12)
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, he has condemned the attack and conveyed heartfelt condolences. (17/12)
Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President of Maldives
In two separate letters addressed to the Prime Minister and the President, he has condemned the attack and expressed commitment to fight against the global menace of terrorism and conveyed that Maldives would continue to work closely with Pakistan and the international community as a whole in eliminating this scourge of terrorism.
Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of Vietnam
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, he condemned the brutal terror attack. Expressed heartfelt condolences. (17/12)
Andrej Kiska, President of the Slovak Republic
In a letter addressed to the President he has conveyed heartfelt condolences. (16/12)
Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia
In a letter addressed to the President, he has conveyed heartfelt condolences. (17/12)
Mulatu Teshome (DR), President of Ethiopia
In a letter addressed to the President, he has conveyed condolences. (19/12)
Japanese Foreign Minister
Japan strongly condemns such acts of terrorism which targets innocent people as in excusable. Japan accuses terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed for whatever purposes, and reiterates that no act of terrorism can be justified.
Japan is determined to support efforts by the Government of Pakistan in fight against terrorism in cooperation with the international community. (16/12)
Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
In his message of condolence conveyed to the President, he strongly condemned the barbaric criminal act perpetrated against children. He has further condemned all forms of terrorism which is totally incompatible with Islamic faith, the revealed religions and human principles and democratic values. (16/12)
Park Geun-hye, President of Korea
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, he has condemned the attack and conveyed sympathies. (17/12)
Mr. Joko Vidodo, President of Indonesia
Issued a statement condemning the brutal attack and conveying his deepest sympathies and condolences to the people of Pakistan. (16/12)
Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib, Prime Minister of Malaysia
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, he has conveyed condolences. (19/12)
Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Pandikar Amin Haji Mulia, Speaker, House of Representatives of Malaysia
In a letter addressed to the Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, he has expressed his heartfelt condolences.( 23/12)
Mr. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus
In a letter addressed to the President, has condemned the attack and conveyed condolences. (16/12)
His Majesty King Philippe, Belgium
In his message to the President he has conveyed his condolences. (17/12)
Victor Viorel Ponta, Prime Minister of Romania
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, he has condemned the attack and conveyed condolences. (17/12)
Condolence Messages from Thailand
King Bhumibul Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit have conveyed condolences to the President.
General Prayut Chan-o-Cha (Retd) has also conveyed expression of support to the Prime Minister.
General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs has sent his message of condolence to the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs. (17/12)
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of U.A.E.armed forces, His Highness General Sheikh Muhammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Has condoled and expressed solidarity with the people and the Government of Pakistan.
GCC Secretary General, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani
U.A.E. media has prominently carried the condemnation of the attack and his condolence message.
Dr. Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, President of Tunisia
He has sent a message of condolence addressed to the President. (16/12)
Alexander Stubb, Prime Minister of Finland
He has sent a message of condolence addressed to the Prime Minister. (17/12)
David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada
In a letter addressed to the President, the Governor General and his Wife has expressed condolences. (16/12)
Senator Salma Ataullahjan flew from Ottawa to participate in the candle light vigil at the Consulate in Toronto on behalf of the Federal Government. The Provincial Government was represented by Member Provincial Assembly Hon. Mike Colle, who read a personal message from the Premier of Ontario Hon. Kathleen Wynne. (18/12)
Carl Gustaf R, King of Sweden
In a letter addressed to the President, the King and the Queen have expressed condolences.
Stefan Lofven, Prime Minister of Sweden
In a letter addressed to the fPrime Minister, he has conveyed heartfelt sympathies. (17/12)
Urban Ahlin, Speaker of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag)
In a message addressed to the Speaker of the National Assembly, he has condemned the attack. (17/12)
Uthein Sein, President of Myanmar
In his message to the Prime Minister, he has conveyed deepest condolences. (19/12)
His Majesty Felipe VI, King of Spain
In a letter addressed to the President he has expressed condolences. (17/12)
Mariano Rajoy Brey, President of the Government of Spain
In his letter addressed to the Prime Minister he has conveyed deep condolences. (16/12)
Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia
In a letter addressed to the President, he has conveyed heartfelt condolences. (17/12)
President Jonathan condemns terrorist attack on Peshawar, condoles Government and People of Pakistan
The message has been released on 17 December by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President, Media & Publicity through a State House Press Release.
Pak Pong Ju, Premier of the Cabinet, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Pyongyang
In his message addressed to the Prime Minister he has conveyed deepest condolences over the Peshawar attack. (19/12)
Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
In his message addressed to the Prime Minister, he has conveyed deepest condolences. (18/12)
Donald Ramotar, President of Guyana
In a letter addressed to the President, he has condemned the attack and expressed condolences. (16/12)
Mrs. Maria Esther Reus Gonzalez, Minister of Justice of Cuba visited the Embassy and signed the condolence book. (19/12)
Deputy Foreign Minister of Cuba, Mr. Rogelio Sierra Diaz also visited the Embassy and signed the condolence book. (19/12)
Mr. Filip Vujanovic, President of Montenegro
In a letter addressed to the President, has conveyed condolences. (16/12)
Hanzala Malik, Scottish labour party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow has launched a motion in the Parliament:
“That the Parliament condemns the actions of the Taliban’s attack in a school in Peshawar, where it opened fire on children and staff members; understands that seven Taliban attackers wearing bomb vests entered the public school and opened fire on children as young as five; understands that at least 132 children and nine staff members are already dead and that a further 125 children were wounded before all seven attackers were killed; believes this to be the deadliest attack by the Taliban; recognizes the deep sadness of the Pakistani community in Glasgow and the rest of Scotland; supports the Pakistan Government and its agencies in bringing these attackers’ network to justice, and offers its deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the families of the children and teachers”.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brenede through a press release condemned the terrorist attacks
Condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms while saying that “targeting children and teachers in this manner is despicable”. He further said that “I am deeply worried about the escalating violence in Pakistan. It is a tragedy that so many people have been killed in a meaningless assault just a few days after we celebrated a peace prize in support of children and their right to an education. Those responsible for today’s attack must be brought to justice”.
Mr. Wegger Chr. Strommen, Secretary General, Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Personally came to the Embassy to sign the condolence book, which is an unprecedented gesture. (19/12)
Dr. Heinz Fischer, Federal President of Austria
In a letter addressed to the President he has condemned the attack and conveyed deepest condolences. (18/12)
Didier Burkhalter, President of Swiss Confederation
In a letter addressed to the President, he has condemned the attack and expressed condolences. (17/12)
Mr. Milos Zeman, President of Czech Republic
In a letter addressed to the President he has condemned the attack and conveyed deepest condolences. (16/12)
Bohuslav Sobotaka, Prime Minister of Czech Republic
At the time of attack, he was in Brussels and immediately conveyed his response and condemnation of attack in a media interaction: “the Czech Government condemns terrorist attacks all over the world, and this attack was extraordinary brutal and sad because it cost the lives of many children”. He also conveyed his deepest condolences.
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam
In his two separate messages addressed to the President and the Prime Minister, he has conveyed deepest condolences. (22/12)
British Former UK Foreign Office Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi
Terrorism in Pakistan will only be defeated if politicians, Army and Intelligence Services are prepared to work together to the same agenda.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-TX) Co-Chair Pakistan Caucus called the C’dA (16 December 2014) to express condolences on the loss of life resulting from terrorists attack on a school in Peshawar.
She has also sent a letter addressed to the President and the Prime Minister conveying her sentiments as well as offering assistance.
Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
“We’ve seen this before, when terrorists tried to silence Malala Yousafzai for speaking out for girls’ education. But terrorist weapons didn’t kill Malala, and no attack, no matter how horrific, will kill the ideas she stands for. Like her, we need to keep pushing back against the message of extremists around the world”.
“Those responsible for this attack must be held to account. The United States stands with the people of Pakistan, and we will continue working with Pakistan’s leaders to put a stop to this brand of violence.” (16/12)
Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Robert Menendez
The Pakistani Taliban’s extremism and terrorism continues to deny peace and stability to the Pakistani people and their regional neighbors.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
No cause can justify such brutality. No grievance can excuse such horror. It is an act of horror and cowardice to attack defenseless children while they learn.
Schools must be safe and secure learning spaces. Getting an education is every child’s right. Going to school should not have to be an act of bravery.
The United Nations will continue to support the efforts of the Pakistani authorities in their fight against terrorism and extremism. I urge the Government of Pakistan to make every effort to bring the perpetrators to justice.
President of the UN General Assembly Sam Kahamba Kutesa
The President of the General Assembly reaffirms that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation wherever, whenever and by whomsoever commits it.
He calls on the international community to redouble efforts in the fight against the scourge of terrorism.
The President of the General Assembly underlines the need to bring the perpetrators of these acts to justice and calls on member states to support the efforts of the Government of Pakistan in this regard.
The Acting President of the General Assembly, on the first Plenary Meeting of the UNGA since the terrorist attack in Peshawar read out the statement which was identical to the one issued by the PGA on 16 December. (18/12).
Press Release by the UN Security Council
Condemned the terrorist attack against children, reiterated their condemnation of violations and abuses committed against children by terrorists and welcomed the ongoing efforts of the people and officials of Pakistan to protect schools and schoolchildren.
Reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.
Reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations, underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with relevant authorities in this regard.
Recalled that Tehrik-e-Taliban is included on the Al Qaida Sanctions List and is thus subject to the asset freeze and arms embargo in resolution 2161 (2014) and further recalled that any individual or entity that provides financial or material support to the group, including the provision of arms or recruits, is eligible to be added to the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and subject to sanctions measures.
Commended the resolute efforts of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to counter the menace of terrorism and underscored that this or any other attack by the Tehrik-e-Taliban would only strengthen their resolve to support the people of Pakistan and fight terrorism. The Security Council will continue to support the efforts of the Pakistani authorities in their fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights issued press release today and called the attack on the school in Peshawar “utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious”.
Said that no government, intelligence agencies, religious figure, or wealthy sponsors can now justify their support for Taliban, Al-Qaeda, ISIL and Boko Haram.
He urged the government to prevent such attacks and to ensure that perpetrators were promptly investigated, prosecuted and punished. He asked the government to consider establishment of a rapid response system.
President of the European Parliament, Mr. Martin Schulz
In a statement made in the plenary session of the European Parliament he said “This heinous and cowardly crime leaves all of us stunned and speechless. It once again demonstrates the Taliban’s moral depravity, whose inhuman ideology and merciless fanaticism does not even spare innocent children”. He further said, “We wish those injured a swift and full recovery”.
President of the European Council, Mr. Donald Tusk
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, he has condemned the attack and conveyed heartfelt condolences. ( 17/12)
Afzal Khan, Member of the European Parliament from Labour Party
“Pakistan has been on the forefront of the fight against terrorism and they are paying a heavy price for this. The EU and the rest of the world need to provide all the necessary support for Pakistan to combat terrorism in the region. The International community also needs to look at the root causes of the terrorism and drive efforts towards tackling the disease rather than its symptoms.
Further calling for assistance to Pakistan on a number of fronts, he said, “We owe this much to Pakistan as it is paying a huge price to ensure the rest of the world is safe from terrorism”.
He added, “We must also urge Afghanistan to work jointly with Pakistan to combat terrorist activity, as terrorist groups operating in Pakistan tend to originate from Afghanistan”.
The Press release at its end reads, “There will be a one minute silence tonight in European Parliament for the victims of the attack”. (16/12)
Amjad Bashir, Member of the European Parliament
Speaking on a, “point of motion” he condemned the attack and stressed the need to support Pakistan in its fight against terrorism. (16/12)
Mr. Federica Mogherini, High Representative/Vice President European Commission
Main points of the statement are: It is an attack not only on universally recognized values and rights but also on the future of the country, on all our futures. What happened today reminds all of us how strong the threat posed by the Taliban still is and how fragile and dangerous the situation in the region remains. The European Union stands fully committed to tackle the threat posed terrorism and ready to further assist the Pakistan Government.
In a letter addressed to the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, she said, “The Noble Peace Prize presented to Malala in Oslo last week is a recognition of the difference that education, commitment, hope and personal courage can make in shaping the future”.
Mr. Giorgio Nepolitano, President of Italy
In his letter addressed to the President he has conveyed condolences. (16/12)
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
In a message addressed to the prime Minister, he expressed horror at the news of the attack. He declared it a despicable act of terror. He conveyed his condolences to the Pakistani people and the families of the innocent children that lost their lives. (16/12)
Statement of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos of Greece
He expressed his shock at the incomprehensible, barbaric, inhuman terrorist attack. He stated that the fact that the terrorists targeted children is abhorrent.
President Ms Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania
In a message of condolences addressed to the President, she has expressed solidarity with the victims, their families and people of Pakistan. (16/12)
Qaboos Bin Said, Sultan of Oman
In his message addressed to the President, he has conveyed heartfelt condolences. (21/12)
Speaker National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim visited Speaker National Assembly at his hotel during latter’s visit to Kuwait on 17 December 2014 and offered condolences.
Lt. General Seretse Khama Ina Khama, President of Botswana
In a message addressed to the Prime Minister, he has expressed his heartfelt condolences.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Mr. Ibrahim Rahimpour visited the Embassy and signed the condolence book . (19/12)
Desire Delano Bouterse, President of Suriname
In his message addressed to the President, he has expressed condolences. (18/12)
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia
In a message of condolences to the President, he has extended deepest condolences. (16/12)
James A. Michel, President of Seychelles
In a message of condolences addressed to the President, he has condemned the attack and extended deepest condolences. (17/12)
Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan
In his message of condolence to the Prime Minister he has expressed solidarity with Pakistan. (16/12)
Senator Tom Harkin, US has expressed condolences and sympathy. (18/12)
Association of Pakistan Physicians of North America has expressed condolences.
MHD. Jihad Al-Lahham, Speaker of the National Assembly of Syria
In his messages addressed to the Chairman Senate and the Speaker of the National Assembly, he has conveyed condolences, denounced extreme obscurant Takfiri ideology and expressed strong support for actions by Pakistan in combating the terrorist tide. (17/12)
Antonio Inoki, Member of House of Councilors (Upper House) of Japan
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, he has conveyed his condolences. (17/12)
Minoru Kiuchi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan visited the Embassy on 19 December and signed the condolence book.
Condolence Message of Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Mr. Bogdan Borscwicz to the Chairman Senate.(17/12)
Iyad Ameen Madani, Secretary General OIC
Condemned the attack and reiterated OIC’s principled position denouncing all acts of terrorism no matter what the justifications are. He pointed out that groups or individuals brandishing the name of Islam in conducting acts of terror have nothing to do with Islam, nor do they represent it. (16/12)
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Ozkan Yorgancioglu, Prime Minister of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, has expressed condemnation and conveyed heartfelt condolences. (18/12)
In order to show sympathies to the martyrs of Peshawar attack, 18 December was declared as a mourning day in TRNC.
Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar Al Sharif Professor Dr. Ahmed El-Tayyib expressed condemnation and solidarity
Foreign Office (Russia)
Russia strongly condemned the barbarity of the terrorists who do not stop from manifesting senseless brutality even against children. Russia expressed hope that the organizers and participants of this inhuman action will be punished. It further stated that Islamabad will continue persistently to eliminate extremist infrastructure and expressed readiness to assist anti-terrorist efforts of our authorities. (16/12)
Foreign Office (China)
The Chinese side expresses deep condolences. China opposes all forms of terrorism and will stand firmly with the Pakistani Government and people in their unremitting efforts to fight against terrorism and safe guard stability of the country and security of the people. (16/12)
Department of Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs of Sichuan Provincial People’s Government
In a message addressed to Consulate General in Chengdu, China, the Department has expressed condolences. (19/12)
Also the Director General of Chengdu Municipal Foreign Affairs Office has expressed condolences. (18/12 )
Foreign Office (Iran)
Expressing condolences termed the action as non-Islamic and inhuman. Further expressed outrage at terrorism, extremism and endangering the lives of innocent people with any goal. Underlined the need for establishment of peace and stability in the friendly and neighboring country of Pakistan. Urged regional countries and international community to make collective efforts to combat terrorism and extremism. Called on all tribes and followers of different religions across Pakistan to contribute to maintenance of peace and security in the region.
Foreign Office (Brazil)
In a press release, the Brazilian Government has condemned the attack and expressed condolences. (16/12)
Foreign Office (Egypt)
Condemned attack, expressed condolences and emphasized the importance of collaboration of international efforts to combat terrorism as an international phenomenon targeting the security and stability of all countries around the world. (16/12)
Foreign Office (Sri Lanka)
Condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with the people and Government of Pakistan. Underlined firm commitment of the international community to interdict terrorist activities. (16/12)
Foreign Office (Syria)
Denounced the attack, termed it as vicious and cowardly and stressed the urgent need for a collective international effort to eliminate the scourge of terrorism and maintaining international stability, peace and security. (17/12)
Foreign Office (Singapore)
Condemned the attack. Called it as stark reminder of the threat being faced today and expressed the need for vigilance and determination to fight it.
Foreign Office (Indonesia)
Expressed condemnation and outrage. Also conveyed support and solidarity to the people and Government of Pakistan. Also called on its citizens in Pakistan’s to remain vigilant and cautious.
Foreign Office (Romania)
In a press statement issued by Foreign Office, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu expressed condolences, condemned the attack, deemed it a tragedy, and underlined that nothing can justify the crime of extreme violence and unimaginable brutality.
Foreign Office (Nepal)
The Government of Nepal is shocked to learn the terrorist attack. Terrorism must be firmly and resolutely dealt with wherever and whenever it takes place. Expressed heartfelt condolences. (16/12)
Foreign Office (Hungary)
Strongly condemned the attack and conveyed heartfelt condolences. (17/12)
Foreign Office (Republic of Korea)
Condemned the attack and expressed solidarity and support. (17/12)
Foreign Office (Argentina)
Expressed condemnation of the attack and conveyed sympathies. (16/12)
Comments by Mr. Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary (Government’s Top Spokesperson) at a daily press conference
“We criticize harshly any form of terrorism and this time it was targeting the students who had bright future and who were learning at school. That is something we can never accept. We are cooperating with the international community to provide support to the Government of Pakistan who is fighting against terrorism. (17/12)
Foreign Office (Bulgaria)
Condemned the attack. Expressed commitment stating that, “Bulgaria remained committed to furthering of the EU-Pakistan counter terrorism dialogue”. (16/12)
Foreign Office (South Africa)
Expressed condemnation of the attack and extended condolences.
Foreign Office (Oman)
Expressed condolences and support to the Government in combating terrorism. (18/12)
Foreign Office (Algeria)
Condemned the attack and expressed condolences. (16/12)
Foreign Office (Republic of Cyprus)
In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cyprus has condemned the attack and expressed condolences. (16/12)
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
Mission has conveyed that he went on National TV and condemned the attack, expressed condolences and conveyed that Scotland stands with the people of Pakistan as it rise to come to terms with these tragic events.
Ibrahim bin Ahmed Almulla, Chairman-Council of Representative
In a letter addressed to the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, he has expressed condolences. (18/12)
Bahrain Government and Opposition condemned terrorist attack
Embassy has conveyed that the Government has condemned the attack and called for serious global action to fight terrorism.
Eight Member Turkish Parliamentary Leader delegation visited Embassy
This delegation led by Chairman of Turkey-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group, Mr. Burhan Kayaturk visited Embassy and conveyed deepest condolences.
In addition a large number of Turkish dignitaries and representatives of private sector and calling and condoling with the Ambassador. The Deputy Undersecretary of the Turkish Foreign Office, Mr. Umit Yalcin will also visit the Chancery.
US Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) Ed Royce
He said, “Today’s terrorist attack in Pakistan-on school children- is absolutely sickening.” He further said, “Even by the grim standards of terrorist attacks in Pakistan, this is a low”. He further said “this brutal violence reinforces the facts that Pakistan must continue to clear terrorists from safe heavens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas”.
In a statement he said, “The barbaric actions of the Taliban illustrate their lack of value for human life and lack of respect for the Islamic faith”. He further said, “we are confident that the Pakistani authorities will work tirelessly to seek justice for the families and whole those behind the attack accountable for their atrocities”.
Jean Lambart, Chair of European Parliament delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia
The targeting of innocent school children is a most shocking and repulsive act and sends no message other than the meaningless brutality of terrorism perpetrated by groups such as the Taliban.
The European Parliament has shown the importance we attach to access to education for all Pakistani’s by awarding our Sakharov Prize to Malala. (17/12)
Mr. Roushan Ershad, Leader of the Opposition of the Bangladesh Parliament
Condemned the attack and called upon the South Asian countries to unite against the extremists. The activities of Taliban, using the name of religion are simply terrorism.
National Security Adviser of India Ajit Doval’s remarks on School Attack
Came to the High Commission and recorded his message of condolence. (18/12)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Andorra
On behalf of the Government and people of Andorra, it expressed sincere condolences for the murder of more than a hundred people, of which 84 were children, during the terrorist attack carried out today by a Taliban group in the school of Peshawar.
Scottish Minister for International Development and Europe
Condolences and support following the terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar today. “Heartbroken to see such terror reigning down on the most innocent people of Pakistan.
Communiqué by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain
Spain has received with horror and indignation the news of the terrorist attack in a school in Peshawar, Pakistan that has caused 126 death majority of whom were children.
The Government of Spain condemns this crime in strongest terms especially because this abominable act was directed against innocent school children. This attack reinforces our resolve for forging a global common agenda of international action against terrorism and extending our support to Pakistan in its efforts against this scourge. An attack that shows the worst of the human race and proves that such Islamic Jihadism is a threat to all countries of the world, especially to the Muslim countries who are trying to promote democracy. (16/12)
Parliament of Catalunya (Barcelona) adopted resolution condemning the Taliban for the brutal attack. All Parliament members gave a standing applause to the presence of the Consul General. (19/12)
Danish Liberal Leader Lars Lokke Rasmussen
It is terrible, I myself have been in Pakistan and Afghanistan many times and seen the conditions they live under there. Simply the fact that going to school is unfortunately no inherent thing, and then when you get killed by doing its fills me of course with disgust and dismay.
Lithuania Foreign Ministry’s statement
Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the brutal school. Called that who organized, participated or otherwise contributed to the attack that shocked the whole international community must be brought to justice.
United Nations Development Programme
Helen Clark, the Administrator, conveyed deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences. UNDP expressed its solidarity with the Government in its commitment to bring the perpetrators of this dreadful attack to justice. (16/12)
UN Educational-Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Irina Bokova, Director General, condemned the attack as, “a crime against the future of all children and the nation of Pakistan” and “against learning and innocence”.
Further in a letter addressed to the PM, she has said, “your condemnation of this attack as a “national tragedy” is a clarion call to unity in the face of a barbaric act of unprecedented violence” and that, “I know Pakistan’s commitment to guaranteeing access to quality education for all children, especially for girls, and I am encouraged by our joint work….”.
Tony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund, called the attack “horrific” and “callous” and said it should have more effect than merely to shock the conscions of the world.
Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, he has conveyed condolences. (18/12)
William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration
In his letter addressed to the Prime Minister, he has conveyed condolences. (17/12)
Jose Graziano da Silva, Director General-FAO of the UN
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, he has condemned the attack and conveyed deepest condolences
His letter is copied to the Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Minister for National Food Security and Research and the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to FAO, Rome.
Dr. Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, he has expressed heartfelt sympathies and condolences on behalf of World Health Organization. (18/12)
His letter is also copied to the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs as well as to the Minister of State, Ministry of Health Services, Regulations and Coordination.
He has also sent a letter addressed to the Chief Minister KPK.
Message of the UN Director General in Geneva (UNOG)
In an event organized by Mission and International School of Geneva, Clemens Adams expressed grief and sorrow over the school attack and conveyed sympathies. A letter has also been sent by the Student Council (19/12)
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) expressed condolences and conveyed expressions of support (16/12)
Dr. Vladimir Kuvshinov, Secretary General of International Civil Defence Organization
In his letter addressed to the Permanent Representative of Pakistan in Geneva he has expressed condolences.
Yury Fedovtov, Executive Director of UNODC, Lamberto Zannier, the Secretary General of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Jaap Huijskes, Member of Executive Board Exploration and Production (OMV) and Peter Widermann, Director General of International Centre for Migration Policy Development,
In their letters addressed to the Permanent Representative of Pakistan in Vienna they have expressed condolences.
Syed Ali Mohammad Mousavi, Secretary General (D-8) has expressed solidarity . (16/12)
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) condemns killing of innocent school children in northwest of Pakistan
Condemned the savage attack and expressed solidarity with the Pakistani government and people. ISESCO called on the international community to help the Pakistani government arrest and severely punish the perpetrators of this criminal terrorist act.
“We are heartsick at the brutal and inhumane massacre of 148 people in Peshawar, Pakistan. These children were not just Pakistani children or Muslim children; they were our children – future leaders, scientists and artists. “Our prayers go out to the families of those slain and to the Pakistani people”.
Turkish Factory, “Alapala” conveyed heartfelt condolences
Qatar Embassy in Islamabad has conveyed that it has decided to postpone the National Day Celebrations of the State of Qatar, scheduled for 18 December 2014 to 22 December 2014(reception in Serena) , after three day mourning announcement by Pakistan.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spoke to our Adviser. (17/12)
Speaker, Grand National Assembly of Turkey called Chairman Senate and speaker National assembly. (17/12)
The Adviser has received messages of condolences and sympathy from the Foreign Ministers of the following countries:
Maldives at 7 p.m. on 16 December
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called Adviser to the PM on NS & FA (17/12)
Nasser S. Judeh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan phoned Adviser to the PM on NS & FA today at 2:15 pm to convey condolences from His Majesty, himself and the people of Jordan. (19/12)
German Adviser on Foreign Policy and Security Dr. Christoph Heusgen, Adviser on Foreign Policy and Security to German Chancellor Angela Merkel telephoned Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and conveyed heartfelt condolences of his Government (17/12).
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour was to call Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry (whether call will be concluded or otherwise – info awaited).
The following Afghan dignitaries have called the Ambassador of Pakistan in Kabul to convey their condolences:
• Ustad Mohammad Mohaqiq, Deputy Chief Executive and leader of Hazara Community.
• Mr. Atiqullah Atifmal, Acting Foreign Minister.
• Mir Wais Yasini, Former Deputy Speaker.
• Son of Mr. Ahmad Zia Massoud, Special Representative of the President, on behalf of his father.
• General Abdul Rasheed Dostum, First Vice President
• Mr. Ahmad Zia Massoud, Special Advisor to the President
• Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani, Chairman High Peace Council
• Syed Daud Naderi, Head of Ismaili Faction in Afghanistan
• Mir Wais Yasini, Ex-Chairman Meshrano Jirga
• Mr. Adeed Faheem, son of late Marshall Qaseem Faheem
• General Din Mohammad Jurat
The following Afghan dignitaries have sent their condolence letters to the Embassy:
• Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, 2 nd Deputy Chief Executive
• Ustad Atta Mohammad Noor, Acting Governor Balkh province
• Pir Syed Ahmad Gillani, Head of National Islamic Front Afghanistan
• Mr. Gul Agha Sherzai, Former Governor Kandahar & Nangarhar province and Presidential Candidate
• Dr. Syed Mohammad Amin Fatimie (Former Health Minister, Afghanistan) to Ambassador of Pakistan in Tokyo.
Afghan Counsel Mr. Abdul Neikpour conveyed condolences to our Consul in Zahidan. (17/12)
In a letter addressed to the Ambassador, Minister of Defence and Reis-ul-Ulema of Bosnia and Herzegovina have expressed condolences. (17/12)
T. Mansurov, Head of the Republic of North Ossetia, Alania
Has sent a message of condolence to the Ambassador of Pakistan in Moscow. (18/12)
Embassy of Republic of Kosovo in Prague has through a letter addressed to the Ambassador expressed condolences on behalf of the people of Kosovo. (17/12)
Telephone call from Adviser to the President of Portugal Ms. Luisa Bastos de Almaida to Ambassador in Lisbon for condemnation and expression of solidarity (17/12)
Saudi Charge d’ affaires in Islamabad
Conveyed condolences to AS (ME&A). (17/12)
Chief of the Army Staff, Army Headquarter, Kathmandu 17 December
Has expressed condolences. (17/12)
Resident Coordinator of UN in Tehran has conveyed condolences to our Ambassador in Tehran (17/12)
Canada: Hon. Kathleen Wynna, Premier of Ontario phoned Consul General and expressed condolences. Hon. Michael Cotau, Provincial Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports and Hon. Reza Moridi, Provincial Minister for Education and Hon. John McCallum, Federal Member Parliament expressed solidarity.
Mr. John Torry, Mayor of Toronto phoned Consul General and expressed condolences.
Hon. Michael Chen, Provincial Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade visited the chancery on 18 December and signed the condolence book.
Mr. Nurmuhammad Atoevich, Director of Agency for State Material Reserves of Tajikistan calls on the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs
The Director of Agency for State Material Reserves of Tajikistan, Mr. Nurmuhammad Atoevich, called on the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs today.
Mr. Atoevich condoled with the SAPM over the terrorist attack in Peshawar, which has brought grief to nations across the world. The Special Assistant thanked for the support and solidarity expressed by Tajikistan’s leadership in the face of this tragedy. He reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to eradicate the scourge of terrorism.
Mr. Atoevich expressed Tajikistan’s desire to import a wide range of commodities using Pakistan’s seaports. To increase bilateral trade, he also underlined Tajikistan’s interest in the import of sugar, wheat and potatoes from Pakistan.
Welcoming the delegation to Pakistan, the SAPM highlighted the importance that Pakistan attaches to close, cooperative relations with Tajikistan. This resolve was manifested in the recent high level exchanges between countries, including the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Tajikistan in June 2014 and Tajik Foreign Minister’s visit to Islamabad in November 2014.
Tajikistan, the SAPM added, was central to our regional outreach with strong component of connectivity and economic cooperation. The thrust areas of bilateral engagement included trade, investment, energy and culture.
Mr. Atoevich is visiting Pakistan from 22-23 December 2014 and would be holding talks with relevant Ministries on deepening of bilateral collaboration in diverse fields.
Vice Minister of the Chinese Communist Party calls on Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs
Vice Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (ID-CPC), Mr. Chen Fengxiang, called on the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, at the Foreign Office today.
The Vice Minister condoled with the Adviser for the tragedy in Peshawar this Tuesday, which has brought grief not only to Pakistan but also to China and the world. The Adviser thanked Mr. Chen for China’s continued support in this difficult time, which is a source of strength for Pakistan.
Welcoming Mr. Chen and his delegation to Pakistan, the Adviser stated that Pakistan attaches great importance to its special friendship with China, and the leadership of both countries is committed to further the comprehensive strategic partnership, with a particular focus on enhancing economic cooperation. The Adviser said that the CPC has led China’s stellar economic transformation, which is an example for all developing countries.
Mr. Chen said that China’s relationship with Pakistan is of tremendous value to China and is unique among interstate relations. China sees Pakistan as “a good neighbor, a good friend, a good partner and a good brother.” He said that the CPC has always prized its association with Pakistan, which is demonstrated by its close ties with all major political parties in the country.
The ID-CPC delegation briefed the Adviser on recent political and legislative developments in China, including the outcomes of the 4 th Plenary Session of the 18 th CPC Central Committee in October.
The visit is taking place in the context of party-to-party exchanges and people-to-people contacts.
Vigil at Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In order to express solidarity with the victims of Peshawar terrorist attack, the officers and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and their families organized a commemorative event at the Ministry.
Dua (prayer) was followed by a candle light vigil on the Constitution Avenue. Members of the Diplomatic community in Islamabad participated in the event in large numbers.
Telephone call by German Adviser on Foreign Policy and Security
Dr. Christoph Heusgen, Adviser on Foreign Policy and Security to German Chancellor Angela Merkel telephoned Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs this afternoon. He conveyed deepest condolences of the German Government on the carnage at Pakistan Army School, Peshawar, as well as assurances of support and solidarity with the people of Pakistan in this hour of grief.
SAPM expressed gratitude on the expression of solidarity which was reflective of the close ties between Pakistan and Germany. He stressed that this heinous crime against innocent children, had further strengthened the resolve of our nation to fight extremism and terrorism.
Chinese leadership conveys condolences over Peshawar Tragedy
Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong called on the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Mr. Tariq Fatemi, today, and offered condolences over the tragic incident in Peshawar on Tuesday.
Ambassador Sun Weidong handed over condolence letters addressed to the President, the Prime Minister, and the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, from Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, respectively. The Chinese leadership expressed sympathy and full support for the people of Pakistan in the aftermath of the dastardly attack in Peshawar.
Thanking the Chinese Ambassador, Mr. Fatemi said China’s support was a source of strength for the people of Pakistan in their hour of grief, and demonstrated yet again, the unique bonds of friendship and mutual goodwill that exist between the two countries. He said the tragedy in Peshawar has further strengthened Pakistan’s resolve to root out terrorism and terrorists from our soil.
Ambassador Sun Weidong also presented a cheque of $50,000 for the victims of the terrorist attack in Peshawar, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad.
Pakistan Missions Asked to Observe Three-Day Mourning
In the wake of the horrendous terrorist attack in Peshawar, and the resultant loss of innocent lives, all Pakistan Missions abroad have been instructed to observe a three-day mourning period. The national flag at the Embassies/High Commissions would be flown at half-mast and all scheduled festive events shall be cancelled. Condolence books would be opened for signatures during the period by Pakistan Missions all over the world.
A Condolence book has also been opened in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for Resident Diplomatic Missions in Islamabad.
To express their solidarity, officers of the Foreign Service of Pakistan are donating blood for the children wounded in the terrorist attack.
Afghan National Security Adviser’s Telephone Call
Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser, Mr. Hanif Atmar, telephoned the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, to convey deep condolences from the government and people of Afghanistan over the loss of innocent lives in the terrorist attack on the school in Peshawar today.
While strongly condemning this terrorist act directed at children, Mr. Atmar stated that terrorism is a menace for the entire region and has to be addressed through common endeavours. He added that the Afghan people are with their Pakistani brethren facing this grim national tragedy.
Mr. Sartaj Aziz thanked Mr. Atmar for this expression of solidarity.
Terrorist Attack in Peshawar
The people of Pakistan are deeply shocked and grieved at the despicable act of terrorism in a Peshawar school this morning. The terrorists have once again shown that they have no regard for human life and no respect for children.
In this hour of grief, our hearts go out to the families of these young children who embraced shahadat today. Such cold blooded cowardly acts cannot weaken the resolve of the people of Pakistan, the Government, and the Armed forces, to combat all terrorists. These terrorists are enemies of Pakistan, enemies of Islam and enemies of humanity.
We pay our homage to our brave soldiers who are engaged in a valiant effort to root out terrorism from the country.
Obama triggers ‘Cold War’ in region.
How on earth did not one anticipate that the US President Barack Obama’s celebratory visit to India would be the onset of a weather likely to trigger another spell of the Cold War in this region? The common perception then – as conveyed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by President Obama at the time he accepted Prime Minister Modi’s invitation to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations – was that the visit is going to be merely a formality. But that has not happened. President Obama has taken a huge U-turn on two vital anti-proliferation positions, which had restricted implementation of the nuclear deal the two sides had signed nearly six years ago. Now India would have unquestioned access to the international nuclear market, which was not available mainly for two reasons. One, an Indian law – enacted after the 1984 Bhopal tragedy by the Indian parliament – which demands that in case of a nuclear accident the supplier companies should be held responsible. Two, as to where the supplied nuclear materials or nuclear technology would end up the Indian nuclear establishment was opposed to its ‘tracking’, that was required by the US laws. Both sides now plan to evolve an insurance pool mechanism, which would fix liability in case of a nuclear accident. And that will happen sooner than later given the American nuclear companies’ consistent pressure on the Obama administration to resolve this issue for actualisation of the US-India nuclear power generation agreement. The question how the United States government can overlook the issue of keeping track of the supplied nuclear materials needs to be answered. Also, by leaving this issue as the baby of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to take care of, the US government exposes itself to the charge of double-standards. If India is to be groomed as a strategic counterweight to China, the West has got to make some unholy compromises – like the one the United States has agreed to with President Obama. And if the US-led West wants India to stand up to China – its own experience of being on hard ground in far off lands being not very pleasant – there is Narendra Modi who is more than willing to enact that role.
During President Obama’s sojourn in India of the things that happened in the region three merit mentioning. One, the entire Kashmir Valley was locked down in protest, putting a question mark on Modi’s consistent moves to end the occupied state’s special status unilaterally. Last month, the Kashmiris had delivered him an electoral snub by refusing his party, BJP, the 44-plus majority in the state assembly. The visitors from Washington must strive to seek an answer to the question: Why did the people of Kashmir observe a ‘black day’ when the Modi-led government was celebrating India’s Republic Day? Two, during the same time Pakistan suffered one of its longest power outages, the responsibility for which has been claimed by an insurgent group active in Balochistan that is known for its foreign patronage. Isn’t it the case that someone staged this theatre for the visiting American leadership and media to ‘know first-hand how intense is the separatist movement in Balochistan’? Third, when Modi was disparaging Pakistan’s military operation across the confines of good and bad Taliban as ‘selective’ in choice of its targets the military top brass of China, which too is fighting terrorism and extremism, was all praise for the Operation Zarb-e-Azb. Addressing CoAS General Raheel Sharif, his hosts said: “we the two countries are the iron brothers and strategic partners”. And the Chinese media’s message to India was ‘don’t fall into rivalry set by the West’.
Even if one thought President Obama was carried away by Modi’s bear hug and the pungent flavour of tea poured for the visitor by a former railway tea-stall boy there is a clear tinge of bluster to the visiting leader’s comments and statements in New Delhi. We thought he would ask the belligerent new leadership in India to cultivate friendly relationship with neighbours. But he was sketching a new world order with the Washington and New Delhi calling all shots. New Delhi and Washington “are prepared to step forward firmly to accept responsibility of this global partnership for the two countries and for shaping the character of this century,” said Barack Obama. And for that to happen, which looks so much like an early whiff of the second spell of the Cold War, he offered to India a number of defence technologies to deepen its defensive – in practice offensive – capabilities. No wonder these words were music to Modi’s ears, who put on show in the Republic Day parade fly-past anti-submarine and long-distance aircraft – both to project India’s capabilities to dominate blue waters of the Indian Ocean and fight high-altitude confrontation with China. But both US and India must not lose sight of the fact that China, world’s second largest economy, has already transformed itself into a ‘regional hegemon’ due to its comprehensive defence modernisation plans. The former Middle Kingdom has occupied a lot of space vacated by the Cold War’s end and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Last but not least, Beijing’s increased diplomatic activism since Deng Xioping’s rule has immensely contributed towards making China more integrated with Asia and the world.