ISLAMABAD, 13th January, 2017 (WAM) — The Islamic Republic of Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack which took place on 11th January in Kandahar, resulting in the death of five Emirati diplomats and the wounding of UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan Juma Mohammed Abdullah Al Kaabi, while they were carrying out a humanitarian, developmental and educational mission for Afghanistan.

“Pakistan condemns this heinous atrocity in the strongest possible terms while reiterating its unwavering solidarity with the UAE in countering terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said today in a statement on its official website.

“Pakistan considers an attack on those seeking to alleviate human suffering as an attack on humanity itself,” the statement said.

Expressing solidarity with the UAE, the Ministry said, “Pakistan stands shoulder to shoulder with the leadership and people of the United Arab Emirates in this hour of grief.”

It highlighted the UAE global humanitarian role and said, “The UAE has remained at the forefront of humanitarian assistance in the world.”

Meanwhile, Adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi, visited the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, UAE, in Islamabad today to express condolences over the martyrdom of the five Emirati diplomats.

They signed the condolence book placed in the UAE Embassy.

While strongly condemning the terrorist attack, they noted that the Government and people of Pakistan have been deeply saddened over the tragic incident.

“Sadly, diplomats of a friendly country have been targeted while they were on a humanitarian mission for the benefit of common people,” they said.

While offering their condolences and prayers for the departed souls, they prayed Almighty Allah for speedy recovery for Ambassador Al Kaabi.

The two Pakistani officials also prayed for solace for the bereaved Emirati families.

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